Paula Overby Vies For Seat As Minnesota's First Openly Transgender Candidate
Overby has pledged her full commitment to her campaign, though she has never been a political candidate or held elected office. However, to win the actual seat she'll first have to win a primary against Democratic challengers Thomas Craft and former state senate Representative Mike Obermueller, and then win the final race against the six-time Republican incumbent John Kline.
Kline beat Obermueller in the November 2012 elections 54 to 46 percent in a 52 percent Republican-leaning district.
According to ontheissues.org, Kline has voted against gay employment protections. twice in favor of amending the constitution with a gay marriage ban and has a 0 percent rating on gay issues from the Human Rights Campaign.