Two transgender women won major-party primaries for the first time in America’s political history, marking a historic day for the LGBTQ community. Voters in Utah and Colorado have elected both Misty Snow and Misty Plowright to run as candidates for Congress this fall under similar platforms as Bernie Sander’s campaign—$15 minimum wage, legalized marijuana and reduced college tuition.
30-year-old Snow worked as grocery store clerk in Salt Lake City shortly before beginning her campaign. Immediately after her nomination, Snow emphasized that, “While I’m not running on the basis of being a trans woman, my experiences as a trans woman have given me the empathy to understand the struggles of groups that feel that the American Dream is out of reach. I’m running to give a voice to the voiceless.”
Plowright, who has a background in IT, won more than 13,000 votes beating out her opponent at 9,000. She spoke to the Denver Post about the importance of her campaign: “I’m not a professional politician. I know what it’s like to struggle, and I know what it’s like to actually work. That just doesn’t exist in most of our elected representatives.”
Both women won their nominations by a huge majority, yet still face challenges winning over their conservative states. You can follow Misty Snow and Misty Plowright on Twitter to learn more about their campaigns.