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Vermont chooses first US transgender governor nominee

NEW YORK: Vermont Democrat Christine Hallquist has made history as the first openly transgender person nominated for governor by a major party in the United States, defying death threats to take the political fight to Donald Trump. Hallquist, the 62-year-old former CEO of a local utility company, is part of a wave of progressive Democrats and LGBTQ candidates galvanised into action by the 2016 election of the rule-breaking Republican billionaire president. She triumphed over a crowded Democratic primary field on Tuesday,…

14-year-old US school boy is running for governor

NEW YORK: Most 14-year-old American schoolboys might be fixated on baseball, chasing girls and dodging their homework. Not Ethan Sonneborn. He's running for governor in Vermont. The teenager is taking advantage of a quirk in the constitution of the bucolic northeastern state that imposes no age limit on running for governor. Candidates only have to have lived in Vermont for at least four years. Ethan, happily for his campaign, has lived in the state for 14. He faces a crowded field of adult rivals in Tuesday's…

13-year-old running for governor of Vermont

MASSACHUSETTS: A 13-year-old teenager is seeking the nomination for Vermont governor, but the boy has a unique obstacle to deal with – his age. Ethan Sonneborn, a Bristol eighth grader facing two challengers for the Democratic nomination in the August primary, has made gun control a centerpiece of his campaign since he announced his political ambitions last year. "My generation has been taking an important step in this because we're the ones were getting shot," Sonneborn told WPTZ-TV. "This affects us directly and…