Democrats Tuesday made history by nominating Christine Hallquist as their candidate for governor, which makes her the first ever transgender candidate to win the party’s nomination for the state’s highest post.
Hallquist managed to defeat three other Democrats. Getting Vermont residents higher-paying jobs, health care for families and better education was her platform.
She wrote on Twitter late Tuesday night thanking them for their support, writing
Tuesday morning she did an interview on CBSN’s “Red & Blue” with Elaine Quijano. "It will be historic for the nation," she told Quijano if she were to be nominated. "I'm proud to be the person to help the nation widen its moral compass." Furthermore, "Vermonters are going to elect me for what I'm going to do for Vermont," Hallquist said. "Vermont has always been a leader in civil rights. We have some of the best transgender protection laws in the country. It's a state that's really welcomed me with open arms."
Hallquist who worked as an electric company executive stated that she is running for governor based on her managerial ability and having a campaign with a focuses on economic development for rural Vermont.
In her interview, Hallquist says she "has a long vision for Vermont" and wants to make internet access available to everyone.
"I will connect everyone and every business with fiber optic cables so every Vermonter can be connected to the internet," Hallquist said. "What we're seeing in rural Vermont and rural America is the same thing that happened in the 1930s ... when the cities had electricity, rural America did not. Sixty percent of the land mass in Vermont can't connect to the Internet -- and it's so critical for business."
Hallquist also spoke about health care and her economic agenda.
"Let's stop making profits on people sick and dying. Let's approve Medicare for All. Let's get people to a living wage. There's been a systematic attack on the working class for over 30 years now. And so we've got to change this."
The Associated Press says she has also won support from The Victory Fund, a political action committee that backs LGBTQ candidates. They have called her a "game changer."