Two Openly Transgender Women Elected to New Hampshire Legislature
Gerri Cannon was a member of the Somersworth School Board. Having previously been a truck driver, Cannon also worked as a computer marketing consultant and owned her own carpentry business. She was elected to the New Hampshire State legislature after finishing second (top 3 candidates selected) in the Stafford County District 18, receiving 21 percent of the vote.
“The voters of Somersworth and Rollinsford, NH have spoken at the polls.” Announced Cannon on Twitter after securing her victory. “We have 3 new State Representatives! Including myself! Now, we need to get to work!”
Lisa Bunker is a writer and was formerly the Program Director at Community Radio in Portland, Maine. Bunker was one of four representatives chosen to represent Rockingham County District 18, winning 17% of the vote.
“After the election two years ago, I feared for the future of our country,” Bunker announced on Facebook after her victory. “After the election last year, when Danica Roem won in Virginia and showed me a trans woman could get elected, I decided to do all I could. And today I have my hope back. Decency, civility, respect, diversity, love: these were the winners last night. Thank YOU for everything you did to help bring this victory about!
See Bunker’s entire post below:
Come January, the pair will be joining Virginia’s Danica Roem as the only three openly transgender people serving in a state legislature in the United States.