Democrat Christine Hallquist will seek to be the new governor of Vermont, while Ilhan Omar, also a Democrat, will compete to become a congressman in the fifth district of the state of Minnesota.
The Democratic Party made history on Tuesday in Vermont and Minnesota by selecting the first transgender person to be a candidate for a governorship in the US, and by electing Ilhan Omar as the first Somalian to contend for the fifth congressional district.
In the state of Vermont, Omar defeated four other Democratic candidates in a busy race to fill the seat that opened when Rep. Keith Ellison (D) announced his candidacy to become the state’s attorney general. He will face Republican Jennifer Zielinski in the November general election. In the solidly democratic district, Omar is the favorite to prevail.
Christine Hallquist managed to prevail this Tuesday in the primary of the party before other four contenders and will face the present republican governor, Phil Scott, who also managed to overcome to its rivals in the internal process.
Hallquist is an executive of an energy company and while working in an energy company, Hallquist became the first executive director of a company to have sex change, a process for which she did not abandon her position.
“My path to be my authentic self certainly was not easy,” he said this year at a campaign event.
“However, it has always been important for me to live openly and honestly, I chose the transition in a very public way because I felt that I owed it to those in the Vermont Electric Cooperative who trusted me,” he said when launching his political career.
In an interview with CNN in June, Hallquist explained that his experience gave him confidence to aspire to a high office of popular election.
“I was sure I was going to lose my job. I was sure I was going to lose respect. But that did not happen. And that describes the beauty of Vermont. Now I’m at this point where I can not do enough to give back to Vermont. “
A July poll published by state media outlets suggests that the race to overthrow the incumbent governor, Phil Scott, could be unpredictable, and most voters said just a few weeks ago they were unfamiliar with their rivals.
Ihan Omar, on the way to making history in Minnesota
In Minnesota, state legislator Ilhan Omar won the Democratic primary for one seat in the House of Representatives and if she meets expectations and wins again in November she could be the first Muslim elected to the US Congress.
Both the district in which Omar and Tlaib are presented are considered progressive, so it is likely that both share the honor of being the first Muslim to reach the Congress.
Omar defeated four other Democratic candidates in a busy race to fill the seat that opened when Rep. Keith Ellison announced his candidacy to become the state’s attorney general. He will face Republican Jennifer Zielinski in the November general election.
In the solidly democratic district, Omar is the favorite to prevail.