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Trans candidate makes history in Maryland

“I want to believe that we led an upbeat campaign rooted in my philosophy of ‘infectious optimism’. As a pragmatic progressive, I am hoping to bring a new energy and dynamic to the Central Committee in Baltimore.”

On Tuesday night, Sharon Brackett has become the first trans woman to be elected to a public office in the State of Maryland. Sharon triumphed in a contested primary against 14 other candidates. Ms. Brackett was elected to the 46th District Democratic Central Committee representing the neighborhoods of Canton, Locust Point, Federal Hill, Brooklyn, Curtis Bay and Cherry Hill located in Baltimore City.

With 51 of 53 precincts reporting Sharon secured 3,901 votes and placed third out of 15 candidates in her very first run for office.

Sharon Brackett issued the following statement in response to this historic night:

“I want to believe that we led an upbeat campaign rooted in my philosophy of ‘infectious optimism’. As a pragmatic progressive, I am hoping to bring a new energy and dynamic to the Central Committee in Baltimore.”

“I would like to believe that being trans is the least interesting thing about me but I recognize the significance and the importance that this moment brings especially to thousands of trans individuals like myself who may have previously thought public office was unattainable. Tonight’s victory is a testament that with hard work, dedication and an ‘infectious optimism’ that regardless of gender identity one can serve the public in any capacity.

I am looking forward to serving the Democrats of District 46 and hope to build our base and success in getting strong candidates positioned for success moving our progressive values forward.”

Brackett, is a computer engineer and business executive, and has been an activist for LGBT rights in Maryland for most of the last decade.  She is a founder and board chair of Gender Rights Maryland and was Baltimore Pride’s activist of the year in 2014. Brackett is board member of OutServe-SLDN the leading national advocacy and legal organization for LGBTQ service members, veterans and their families as well as The Point Foundation the national LGBTQ scholarship organization.

Brackett would specifically like to recognize her friend, and mentor, Dr. Dana Beyer who led by example by becoming the first trans woman to run for public office in the State of Maryland and paving the way to make this possible.

Additionally, the Sharon Brackett for 46th District Democratic Central Committee Campaign would like to acknowledge the Nate Loewenthiel campaign for their assistance and financial support throughout the primary process.   

Also on Tuesday another trans woman, Laura Hart, was elected to the Democratic Central Committee in St. Mary’s county, that race was uncontested.