Utah Democrats made an unusual choice in Tuesday’s primary, selecting a largely unknown transgender person to go up against Senator Mike Lee this November.
As the first transgender nominee to run for a U.S. Senate seat, Misty K. Snow said, “Whether I win or lose, I’m already making history.”
Snow, 30, entered the race shortly before the filing deadline, and ran against Jonathan Swinton in the Democrat primary. Swinton is a self-described “conservative Democrat”, a marriage therapist, and a Mormon. Utah Democrats chose the transgender, with 59.4 percent, over 40.6 percent for Swinton.
Now the race will be against Mike Lee in November, whom Snow has repeatedly called “loathsome.” Lee is seeking his second 6-year term, and has no Republican challenger.
Snow claims to represent issues the Democrats care about, and has called for a $15 per hour minimum wage, paid family leave, legalized marijuana, criminal-justice reform and free college. Currently employed as a cashier at Harmon’s Grocery, Snow has never gone to college – partly due to cost, and partly over uncertainty about which career path to take. Next stop, an attempt at winning a spot as a federal lawmaker.
Salt Lake Tribune reports that Snow began living as a woman in 2014, and believes being a transgender person will drum up more attention and campaign money. A current poll shows Lee holds the lead, with 51 percent of the vote, to 37 percent for Snow.
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