Christine Hallquist made history as the first openly transgender gubernatorial nominee in the United States. During yesterday’s midterm elections, she lost her race to Republican opponent Phil Scott.
Hallquist garnered 40.5% of the vote, while Scott won with 55.4% of the vote. Numerous other third-party candidates took home small percentages as well.
In an impassioned speech, Hallquist conceded the win to Scott.
‘Vermont is a beacon of hope and we showed the rest of the country what good democracy looks like,’ she said early on in her speech.
‘I’m standing on the shoulders of thousands of Vermonters before me who fought for what is right and what is just. We will continue to fight for what is right and what is just.’
As Hallquist continued her speech, she told the story of a ‘big, burly man’ approaching her in a parking lot.
‘I thought, “Uh oh, I’m in trouble,”‘ she admitted.
‘He says, “Oh my god, I thought you were gonna leave without me saying hello. I am so proud of you, I’m so happy with what you’re doing, I just wanted to shake your hand.” So Vermonters all over, we are a welcoming and inclusive state, and I love Vermont.’
History in the making
Regardless of her concession, Hallquist made history.
She transitioned while CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC), which was shown in a documentary, Denial, made by her son. She spent the last 12 years as CEO, and made national headlines with her story.
At the end of the speech, Hallquist called her campaign a ‘labor of love’.
‘You will never be able to replace what is in my heart right now,’ she said. ‘We all will continue to strive to make a better Vermont, and nothing is impossible when you’re on the side of justice.’