Phillipe Cunningham first trans man elected to U.S. public office

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Building on a night of historic firsts for transgender people, Phillipe Cunningham made history Tuesday night in Minnesota by becoming the first openly transgender man elected to public office anywhere in the United States.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Cunningham won a seat on the Minneapolis City Council by beating out the incumbent Bara Johnson of Ward 4 by a margin of a fewer than 200 votes. The certification of the results was delayed until the day after Election Day because the results were so close and yet to be final.

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Trans candidate Andrea Jenkins wins historic election in Minneapolis

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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In a general night of good news for transgender candidates, Andrea Jenkins has won election to a seat on the Minneapolis City Council, making her the first transgender candidate to win election to city council in a major U.S. city.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Jenkins obtained 73.1 percent of the vote as first choice in the ranked-choice contest to represent Ward 8 on the City Council. She obtained a supermajority of the vote for first vote with three other candidates in the race.

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