Misty Plowright have turned out to be the first transgender elected for a Congressional seat by a major political party.
It was reported earlier that she won her Democratic primary race in Colorado. However, she might not get the chance to win in November. Another transgender named Misty Snow, a 30-year-old grocery clerk, won the chance to run against Republican Senator Mike Lee for the U.S. Senate in November, said Washington Times.
Plowright won the right to run against the incumbent Republican Doug Lamborn in a difficult district in and around Colorado Springs. She was an Army veteran, a self-educated woman, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and a dedicated social democrat.
Her political philosophy was well formulated by her personal history. According to Misty For Congress, she feels like this is the perfect time in her life “to stand up and speak for those who do not have a voice.”
She was born to a working class family in California. She was raised only by her mother, as her mother separated from her father when she was a year old.
She got herself a position in the U.S. Army in 2002 after she couldn’t pursue higher education due to financial barriers.
She was in the Army from 2003 to 2004 as an Information Systems Operator/Analyst. She was honorably discharged when she received a non-combat related physical injury.
The 33-year-old now works in information technology. She got the Democratic nomination by leaving behind Donald Martinez, an Iraq War veteran, by 58 percent to 42 percent.
“Yeah, I’m trans, but the simple fact of the matter is that a lot of people just don’t care,” Misty Plowright said on Wednesday.
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