Hillary Clinton isn’t the only candidate on the ballot attempting to make American electoral history tonight. There are three trans candidates on the ballot in Utah, Colorado and Texas also trying to make history and win their respective races.
We have two shots today at getting an American trans person in that exclusive international sorority of trans people who are elected national legislators in Misty Snow and Misty Plowright.
In Utah, the 30 year old Snow became the first out transperson to win a major party US senate primary race and any political race in Utah when she overwhelmingly captured the Democratic US senate primary. over Jonathan Swinton.
Snow is now facing the daunting political task of trying to upset incumbent Sen. Mike Lee (R) in staunchly conservative Utah.
Next door in Colorado, the 33 year Plowright is running in Colorado’s 5th Congressional District. She became the first out trans person to win a Democratic Party nomination for a US congressional seat and any race in Colorado by handily defeating Donald Martinez.
The late Karen Kerin was the first out trans person to win a major party nomination for the US House. In 2000 Kerin won the Republican nomination for Vermont’s US House seat, then lost in the general election to independent Bernie Sanders.
Plowright also has a tough political task to accomplish in attempting to unseat five time incumbent Congressman Doug Lamborn (R) in this congressional district centered in conservative leaning Colorado Springs that is also the home of the transphobic Focus on the Family..
Here in my Houston backyard, Jenifer Rene Pool is attempting to make more trans political history. Back in March she became the first out trans person in Texasto win a major party primary race when she won the Democratic nomination in the Harris County Commissioners Court Precinct 3 race.
She now taking on longtime incumbent Republican commissioner Steve Radack, who has held this sprawling precinct that covers 400 square miles of western Harris County since 1980.
If Jenifer wins, she not only makes more Lone Star State political history, she will by winning that race flip political control of the Harris County Commissioners Court to the Democrats.
Good luck later today, ladies. Hope you are successful in your various races.