NV Could Be First State To Elect Openly Transgender Republican Legislator
PHOTO: Lauren Scott of Nevada could become the nation's first openly transgender Republican state legislator. Photo courtesy of Lauren Scott.
June 17, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada could be the first state to elect an openly transgender Republican state legislator.
Lauren Scott, a transgender woman, recently won the Republican primary election for State Assembly District 30, capturing 58 percent of the vote. Scott says she believes voters are less concerned with her gender than her experience in business and the military.
"I have a bachelor's degree in business, and I've worked in business technology and start-ups here in Nevada," says Scott, "so it's really hard for a lot of people to discredit me because I come to the table not as a trans person but as a diversified, educated, experienced individual who happens to be trans."
Scott was appointed to the Nevada Equal Rights Commission by Governor Brian Sandoval in 2012, and her campaign has also been endorsed by the governor.
Scott says while she hopes her pro-jobs political platform gets the most media coverage, she acknowledges the transgender issue is helping with campaign fundraising.
"There are a lot of people very interested in seeing more diversity and more representation of the LGBT community in politics," says Scott, "and those people are willing to put their money behind their interests."
Scott says her campaign win has attracted national and international media attention. She's hoping the attention helps her defeat incumbent District 30 Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle in the November general election.