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Republicans Elect Their First Ever Transgender Candidate In Party Primary

by Jean Ann Esselink on June 13, 2014

in Elections,Jean Ann Esselink,News

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At the same time the Southern Baptists were gathered in Baltimore passing motions to condemn all transgender people everywhere, Nevada Republicans chose another route: they voted for a transgender candidate. adam kahn

Lauren Scott, (above) a transgender Air Force veteran running for Nevada State Assembly from District 30, rolled up an impressive 58% of the Republican Primary vote last Tuesday. She trounced Adam Kahn, (left with Condoleezza Rice) a recent college graduate from the University of Nevada. Kahn had the support of the Nevada Assembly Republicans, but Lauren was endorsed by popular Republican governor Brian Sandoval, who had appointed her to the state’s Equal Rights Commission in 2012.

Lauren posted on her Facebook account after her decisive win:

“I am humbled and honored by the overwhelming support for my campaign. A big thank you goes out to all of my friends and the voters of AD30 for trusting me to be their voice in the state legislature in 2015.”

Following her Primary victory, Lauren, one of the founders of Equality Nevada, says the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund contacted her to discuss helping with the campaign.

Lauren will be facing incumbent Democrat Michael Sprinkle in November, and she is hoping to win over some of his Democratic supporters who will switch parties in order to vote for a trans candidate.

If she can pull out a win in November, Lauren will be the first Republican trans candidate to be elected to office.

Way to go Nevada Republicans, where, by the way, the Clark County Republican Party has removed all objection to same-sex marriage and abortion in their party platform.



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derekwashington June 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Yaaas! Lauren is a friend and one my very first mentors on both Nevada politics and transgender issues. I wish she was still a democrat but she's got my heart if not my political support.

mysticmarly June 14, 2014 at 3:09 am

I can certainly understand why republicans elected her, but not so clear on why she would be a republican. Sort of the way I wonder why African-Americans would want to be Mormon, you know, the same people who wouldn't allow them in their churches until they were forced to by law. It's interesting.

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