Transgender former Navy SEAL plans primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Hoyer

Transgender former Navy SEAL plans primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Hoyer

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Kristin Beck, a transgender former Navy SEAL, is planning a primary challenge to the second-ranking Democrat in the House, U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer.

Kristen Beck
Kristen Beck

The Maryland state Board of Elections website shows Beck filed the paperwork Monday.

Beck didn’t immediately respond to an emailed interview request Thursday. The telephone number on her campaign website wasn’t set up.

Beck’s website highlights her military service and criticizes the government’s handling of the home-loan crisis. It says Hoyer “has been too busy helping Wall Street since 2008 to even notice Main Street.”

Hoyer says he’ll work to earn his constituents’ votes in 2016.

Beck considered running for a House seat in Florida last year but didn’t meet the filing deadline.

Hoyer has represented Maryland’s 5th Congressional District since 1981.

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