I’ve been saying that we need to have trans people writing the laws instead of begging to be included in them or working to kill unjust ones, and looks like in this election cycle people are stepping up to do precisely that.
.One of those people is Kim Coco Iwamoto, a commissioner on the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission. She’s been even since her appointment by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in 2012 serving her term due to expire this year.
Kim Coco Iwamoto has announced she is going to run for public office again in her native Hawaii..
The 47 year old attorney was elected in 2006 to the Hawaii State Board of Education, which at the time made her the highest ranking out trans politician in the US and the first openly trans person to win statewide office. She was reelected in 2010 with 25% more votes that she received in her previous election .
Iwamoto announced she is runningfor the Senate District 13 seat being vacated by longtime legislator Suzanne Chun Oakland (D) who announced she is not running for another Senate term after serving since 1990 in the Hawaii House and Senate.
Hawaii has had a penchant for political firsts,and here’s hoping that the Aloha State and Kim Coco makes history again. I hope the next time I’m blessed to be in the same space with her, I get to call her Senator Iwamoto.
But that will be up to the voters of Senate District 13 to decide.