Sarah McBride wins Democratic primaries in Delaware on her way to becoming transgender state senator for the first time

McBride garnered more than 91% of the votes for the Democratic primary in the 1st District of Delaware, according to the Delaware Department of Elections.
“Tonight sends a powerful signal that a candidate like me can win,” McBride wrote Twitter Tuesday night. “Everyone is entitled to see themselves in government, follow their dreams and be accepted by their community. I will never gain the honor of holding that position.”

In the primary his Democratic rival, Joseph McColley, told CNN that he wins the race to McBride and wants him well.

McBride, who serves as a spokesman for the human rights campaign, is favored to win in November in a heavily Democratic district against Republican candidate Steve Washington, including the city of Wilmington.

The district’s widow, Democratic state Sen. Harris McDowell, plans to retire at the end of his term in 2020 after serving in the state legislature for nearly four decades.

McBride ran on increasing access to health care and paid leave, increasing Delaware’s minimum wage, and reforming the criminal justice system.

If elected in November, McBride will also be Delaware’s first legislator, the LGBTQ man elected to the state assembly.

McBride has already made history when he became the first transgender person to speak at a major party conference, addressing the Democratic National Convention in 2016. He was also the first White House transgender person after Obama appeared in the White House.

At the age of 21, she was the student president at American University when she appeared in a Facebook post in 2012 as a transgender and an op-ed in a student newspaper.

In 2013, it advocated passage of Delaware’s Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act, which was signed into law that year.

McBride also worked on the late Beau Biden’s campaign for Delaware Attorney General, and former Vice President Joe Biden called for his 2018 memoir, “Tomorrow Will Be Different.”

“He was honest and heartfelt,” Biden wrote in 2012, recalling McBride’s upcoming essay. “Even at that young age she was a leader. Not because she felt she was better than anyone else, but because she treated everyone equally.” She was Biden even then. ”

The head of a political action committee, which aims to elect LGBTQ politicians, said McBride’s victory would “inspire more transgender people to run for elected office.”

“At a time when the Trump administration, cynical politicians and a lot of state legislatures are attempting to use trans people as a political weapon, Sarah’s victory is a powerful reminder that the candidates in favor of voters stand for equality Are rejecting the politics of bigotry, ”Mayor Annise Parker, president and CEO of LGBTQ Vijay Nidhi, said in a statement.

McBride is one of the transgender candidates running for the state assembly in this election.

“As the first transgender speaker at a national party convention, Sarah spoke for a long-ignored community and as the first transgender person to work in a side house, she took power in the hall for her community Spoke truthfully for advocating. Unrecognizable to someone like him, “Human Rights Campaign President Alfonso David said in a statement on Tuesday. “Next year, as the first transgender state senator in our nation, Sarah will show that any child can achieve their dream, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.”