Delaware Democrats on Tuesday nominated Sarah McBride, a transgender rights activist, for a State Senate seat, advancing her bid to become the nations highest-ranking openly transgender elected official.
Ms. McBride, 30, defeated a token primary challenger and is widely expected to win the November general election the Wilmington-based seat is safely Democratic and is being vacated by Harris B. McDowell III, who is retiring after representing the district for 44 years.
Ms. McBride said in an interview that she wanted her victory to inspire others. My hope is that this result can help reinforce for a young kid trying to find their place in this world, here in Delaware or anywhere else in this country, that this democracy is big enough for them, too, she said.
Right now in America, we are seeing voices that for so long were pushed to the margins and to the shadows finally being heard, she added.
Ms. McBride is no newcomer to national or local politics. In 2012 she became the first openly transgender person to work at the White House when she was an intern during President Barack Obamas administration. She later lobbied the Delaware state legislature on behalf of a transgender rights bill, which was signed into law in 2013, and is now a national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, the nations largest L.G.B.T.Q. civil rights group.
In 2016 she became the first transgender person to speak at a major partys national convention when she took the stage before Democrats in Philadelphia.
Joseph R. Biden Jr. a towering figure in Delaware politics, and now the Democratic presidential nominee wrote the foreword to Ms. McBrides 2018 book about her fight for transgender equality.
Sarah is the epitome of what can make an elected official great, said Alphonso B. David, the Human Rights Campaigns president. Tonight, she takes the first step on what I expect to be a storied career in the public realm.