By Ryan Collett
Lauren Scott, the executive director of Equality Nevada, will become the nation’s first transgender state legislator if elected. Scott is running as the Republican candidate for Nevada’s Assembly District 30 in Carson City.
Scott has previously worked as a business developer and strategist, with an emphasis in renewable energy. As director of Equality Nevada, Scott advocates for equal rights on behalf of the state’s LGBT citizens. An election win for Scott would help further Equality Nevada’s mission “to secure equal rights for individuals in the state of Nevada by lobbying elected officials,” according to the organization’s website.
Scott’s focus on economic issues comes at a time when such expertise is needed. “We need visionary and decisive leaders in Carson City, not legislators beholden to corporate interests,” said Scott last week. “I will bring leadership and common sense back to the Republican Party.”
Before working as executive director of Equality Nevada, Scott served in the US Air Force for seven years and was awarded two Achievement Medals and a Commendation Medal for her military service in Operation Desert Storm.
Formerly a registered Democrat, Scott switched parties, seeing herself more effective as a Republican.