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Hallquist falls short in Vt. governor’s race Christine Hallquist on Tuesday fell short in her bid to become the country’s first openly transgender governor. Hallquist, who is the former CEO of the Vermont Electric Cooperative, lost to incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott by a 55-40 percent margin. Hallquist is the first openly trans person in the U.S. to obtain a major party’s nomination in a gubernatorial race. Virginia state Del. Danica Roem, who is the first openly trans person seated in a state legislature, is among those who campaigned for Hallquist. MICHAEL K. LAVERS

Davids, lesbian former MMA fighter, wins in Kansas A lesbian attorney in Kansas who formerly was a mixed martial arts fighter has won election to the U.S. House, setting her up to become one of the first female Native Americans to serve in Congress. MSNBC declared Davids, a Democrat, won over Republican incumbent Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kansas), a Trump ally, at 8 p.m. local time. In addition to being a former mixed martial arts fighter, Davids earned her law degree from Cornell University and worked as a White House Fellow during the Obama-Trump transition. Annise Parker, CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, said Kansas voters “gave the boot to a Trump ally and replaced him with a groundbreaking LGBTQ leader who spoke her truth throughout the campaign.” “Sharice won the hearts of voters by putting forward a positive and solutions-oriented agenda while explaining how her experiences as a Native American LGBTQ woman influenced


her policy positions and beliefs,” Parker said. “When she earned her law school degree from Cornell, she passed on high-paying corporate jobs and instead worked on economic development issues, and went to live and work on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This authenticity and commitment to public service resonated with Kansans and will also resonate with lawmakers on Capitol Hill during this next session, when Sharice and other LGBTQ members of Congress will push for legislation that advances equality.” Davids is one of two candidates running for Congress in 2018 who have become the first female Native Americans elected to the House. The other was Deb Haaland, who won in New Mexico’s 1st congressional district. CHRIS JOHNSON

Shalala to succeed Ros-Lehtinen in Florida Democrat Donna Shalala on Tuesday defeated Republican María Elvira Salazar in the race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.). Shalala defeated Salazar by a 52-46 percent margin. Shalala, the former Health and Human Services secretary during the Clinton administration who was president of the University of Miami from 2001-2015, in August defeated openly gay state Rep. David Richardson (D-Miami Beach) in the Democratic primary in Florida’s 27th congressional district. Ros-Lehtinen, who was born in Cuba and has a transgender son, is among Congress’ most vocal supporters of LGBT rights. Ros-Lehtinen announced her retirement in 2017. MICHAEL K. LAVERS

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