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Transgender candidate from Minn. announces run for U.S. Congress

Monday, August 12, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A transgender woman from Minnesota has announced her bid for a seat in the U.S. House, representing Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District.

Scott Takushi, Pioneer Press/AP
Paula Overby

Paula Overby, 59, believes she will be the first openly transgender person from Minnesota to run for Congress.

Overby, a quality assurance analyst from Eagan, has never been a candidate or held appointed office.

She will face Thomas Craft, another political newcomer, and Mike Obermueller, who lost a 2012 bid to unseat U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Lakeville. Kline has held the seat for more than a decade.

Overby acknowledged her gender identity may be a polarizing issue, but she doesn’t want it to define her candidacy.

Overby tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that she’ll focus on reforming what she believes is a broken campaign finance system.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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17 more reader comments:

  1. DOO EET!!!!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 11:43pm
  2. Good for you!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 11:46pm
  3. WTG! :)

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 11:52pm
  4. I think this is great! However doesn´t it say she had no political background? This puts her at a minimal chance. Is this something that she just randomly decided? Why?
    On the LGBT standpoint I think it rocks. On a voter standpoint, I´m not sure this makes much sense. However this article is short and I would need more info to base a real opinion on.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:08am
  5. That´s great hope she gets it

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:15am
  6. he is still a he to me

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:34am
  7. Oh, I´m sorry, did I miss the “What Do You Think of The Subject´s Gender?” poll?

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:53am
  8. You go girl!!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:57am
  9. Karen Wolfe – because you knew this person? I guess that COULD be some nostalgic you´ll-always-be-my-baby kind of thing like we say to our kids. Right? Otherwise it was just completely pointless and hateful. Kinda confused here.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 1:00am
  10. I don´t care a flying flop about gender…it´s about who can do the best job.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 1:17am
  11. I have a request please for the LGBTQNATION. Would you please post a link on FB re donnie mcklurkin? It needs to be seen IMO!

    Regards,

    Katie Lill aka Pat Lloyd

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 3:03am
  12. You go girl !!!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:01am
  13. she has my vote!!:)

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:47pm
  14. this still looks like a man, need a better surgeon.lol

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 2:13pm
  15. DO IT!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 2:50pm
  16. Kris B there are many women who look just like men and have real men to love them, and stand by them. It takes all sorts.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 2:52pm
  17. why not? Good Great luck!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 5:14pm