Transgender Candidate Running for Orange County Commission Seat in Central Florida

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Gina Duncan

Gina Duncan could make history on Aug. 14 by becoming the first transgender person in Orange County to be elected to a County Commission seat.

According to FOX 35 of Orlando, Gina was born Gregory Pingston. A senior management in banking for 30 years, she decided to transition in 2007 at 50 years old, and after having a long marriage and two children.

Duncan is working door to door on the final days of the campaign, but she won’t have it easy. On the other side is the incumbent Ted Edwards, who has been in office for the past 10 years.

District 5 in Orange County stretches from Maitland and Winter Park to Bithlo, a terrain encompassing over 40 miles and 100,000 voters.

The candidate said she hopes the campaign centers around the issues at hand, and not her gender.

“I hope some day, and maybe not in my lifetime, but some day being transgender means no more than being right or left-handed; and I hope that happens soon," she told FOX 35.

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