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These Three Election Wins Reflect Face Of Nation, And The Idea Of What America Stands For

August 15, 2018

There is no way not to feel good about the results from Tuesday’s primaries. After the votes were counted something quite incredible was placed into our long running narrative as a nation.

The nation’s first transgender governor could be elected when Vermont goes to the polls this November.  Christine Hallquist’s bid to become governor cleared a major hurdle and she now readies a campaign to take on incumbent Republican Phil Scott.  Make no mistake–this was a very huge breakthrough–as Hallquist is now the first openly transgender person to be nominated for governor by a major party.

The nation’s first Somali-American woman might be elected to Congress.  I am truly thrilled by this outcome.  In Minnesota’s 5th District, Democrats nominated state Repressentive Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American progressive woman. She’s likely to join Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib as the first Muslim women in Congress.

In Connecticut voters may elect their first black woman to their congressional delegation.  The 2016 National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes, defeated an opponent endorsed by the local Democratic Party.

These wins were not just for the Democratic Party–but for the IDEA of what America is all about.  Our rounded and long arc towards a more unified, inclusive, just, and equal society takes steps of the very type that these three Americans did last night.  For all the harsh headlines which make the news these three women prove there is also much to be proud of in our land.

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