A local woman announced Monday night that she is running for New York State’s 54th State Senate District.
The Director of the “We Exist Coalition of the Finger Lakes”, Shauna O’Toole hopes to be the first transgender woman elected to the New York State Legislature. She launched her campaign yesterday at the Geneva Free Library to challenge incumbent State Senator Pam Helming.
The 59-year old former Kodak scientist and Sodus High School teacher says she lived in confusion for four decades until she made the transition in 2008 from a man to a woman.
This past Election Day, there were at least eight trans people across the country who won their races, including a trans woman elected to the Virginia State Legislature.
This is not the O’Toole’s first run for office, she ran in 2015 for the 55th state Senate seat and lost to Rich Funke.
My name is Shauna. I have been a technician, engineer, scientist, and educator. At age 45, I could no longer hide behind the beard and came out as being Trans*. At age 50, I transitioned and promptly found myself on a “teacher improvement plan.”- Read more of O’Toole’s bio from the New York Times Transgender Lives: Your Stories.