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Two trans candidates named ‘Misty’ win their congressional primaries

Bea Mitchell June 29, 2016
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Misty Snow and Misty Plowright make US history.

Two trans candidates have won their congressional primaries, making them the first openly trans people to be nominated to Congress by a major political party.

Misty Snow and Misty Plowright won their respective Democratic primary races in Utah and Colorado on Tuesday, June 28.

Utah Democrats voted for Snow as their party’s nominee for Senate. Snow will face off against conservative Senator Mike Lee in the conservative state of Utah in November.

The 30-year-old, who currently works as a cashier at a grocery store, defeated conservative Democrat Jonathan Swinton 59.5 percent to 40.5 percent in the returns.

“A lot of people have told me whether I win or lose, I’m already making a difference just by running,” said Snow, who began living openly as a woman in 2014.

Two trans candidates named ‘Misty’ win their congressional primaries

(Misty Snow, image: Twitter @MistyKSnow)

Meanwhile, Plowright was nominated by Democrats to the House in Colorado’s conservative 5th congressional district, which has never been held by a Democrat. She will challenge Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn.

The 33-year-old IT worker, who defeated Donald Martinez by 58 to 42 percent, told the Colorado Gazette that she is “the anti-politician”.

“There are some that claim that Utah is not ready for a candidate like me, but I strongly disagree,” Snow writes on her website.

“Utah is not only ready but in desperate need of a Senator exactly like me. We cannot wait for others to give us equality. We have to claim equality for ourselves,” she adds.

Writing on her website, Plowright says she will support and/or propose legislation that accomplishes a “new civil rights act which includes protections for LGBT Americans to prevent discrimination is housing, employment, public accommodation”.

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