Transgender Candidate to Challenge Gay Senator in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A transgender candidate has announced she will run against an openly gay state senator in Montgomery County in the Democratic primary.

Dana Beyer, who is the executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, made the announcement Thursday.

Beyer says Maryland residents have waited too long for economic fairness and equal opportunity.

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Beyer is running against Sen. Richard Madaleno, who has been in the state Senate since 2007. He served in the House of Delegates from 2003 to 2007. Madaleno has been an advocate for gay and transgender rights in Maryland. He is sponsoring a bill this session to ban discrimination against transgender residents.

Beyer ran unsuccessfully for delegate in 2006 and 2010.

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