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December 18, 2014

Transgender Candidate Enters Minnesota House Contest | #MN02

Paula Overby, a 59-year-old transgender quality assurance analyst, filed federal paperwork this week to run in Minnesota’s 2nd District, becoming the third Democrat to enter a crowded primary in this top-target race in the midterm cycle.

Overby is looking to unseat Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., who won the seat in 2012 by 8 points, even as President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney each received 49 percent of the district’s vote.

Overby told the Pioneer Press that she believes she is the first openly transgender person from Minnesota to run for Congress.

She will face former state Rep. Mike Obermueller, who lost this contest to Kline last cycle, and political novice Thomas Craft in a Democratic primary.

Minnesota’s 2nd District is rated a Republican Favored contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • leelongchamp

    don’t make Transgender an Issue.

  • George Ramos

    While successes such as penicillin’s discovery may be accidental & thus have little merit, many useless failures have been of great merit.

  • monacall

    oh my God why do people want to tell everyone what they do in their bedrooms what is so fracking important about telling the world what of weird sick sex they have…………OMG

    • Vanbren5

      ….and this bothers you, Why?

      • monacall

        It doesn’t you? To know constantly that these people have a desire to tell everyone they screw someone of the same sex in the butt?!! That doesn’t bother you then your part of the major
        problem to.

    • Travis McGee

      because that is what is important to Minnesotans and definitely make them vote for whatever. A review of some of their politicians will explain…Jesse Ventura, Al Franken, Keith Ellison, others. They’ll elect anybody as long as they are “out there”.

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