duncanA transgender candidate for the Orange County Commission in central Florida could make history by becoming the first transgender person to be elected to a County Commission seat, according to FOX 35.

Gina Duncan, who was born Gregory Pingston and transitioned in 2007 at age 50 after a long marriage and two children, is a small-business owner and former bank executive focusing on economic issues in her race, reported the Advocate. Duncan, a Democrat, was recently profiled by Orlando Fox affiliate WOFL.

The television segment focused on Duncan’s campaign efforts and emphasis on job growth in the region, treating her transgender identity as incidental, while acknowledging the potentially history-making nature of her candidacy, as she would be the first transgender person elected to office in the southeastern United States.

Reporter Chase Cain asked when being transgender will not longer be an issue, and she says, “Maybe not in my lifetime, but someday being transgender means no more than being right- or left-handed.”

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