History in Hainesville: Trans candidate elected Avon Township clerk

Kristal Larson has made history in Hainesville. The next Avon Township clerk is one of the state's first non-judicial trans candidates to be elected.

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ROB ELGAS: Kristal Larson no stranger to politics, having served on the Avon Township board as a trustee before she was out transgender. Her victory last night makes her the next Avon Township clerk. And she says one of her first goals is to upgrade an outdated filing system.

KRISTAL LARSON: We have an amazingly accepting community in Lake County.

ROB ELGAS: Kristal Larson has made history in Hainesville. Transgender, she is the next Avon Township clerk, one of the state's first non-judicial trans candidates to be elected.

KRISTAL LARSON: Jill Rose Quinn out in Cook County just made this achievement back in November. So I mean, we're both really new to this. And we're part of, I think, less than 25 people nationwide.

ANNISE PARKER: Kristal had already served in local office. Kristal has deep roots in the-- in the community as a-- as a volunteer. So this is a person that is of the community, and that makes-- that makes all the difference.

ROB ELGAS: Annise Parker, a three term mayor of Houston and the president of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, says Larson's win happened because Lake County voters elected someone they know is connected to their community.

ANNISE PARKER: For a lot of voters, there's almost a dialogue that goes on. It's something like, I don't understand that, or I don't approve of that, but if you will be honest with me about your sexual orientation or your gender identity, I bet you'll be honest with me about other things as well. And that's what I want. I want people to tell me the truth in office.

ROB ELGAS: Kristal Larson gets that, as she delivers this message to the people who elected her--

KRISTAL LARSON: I want you to hold me to the highest standard you can. Keep me accountable. Be at those meetings. And call me out when I'm not doing the right job, please.

ROB ELGAS: Larson says she wants the judge who presided over her name change to give her the oath of office next month. She remembers his words that day saying, quote, "I want to be the first to welcome you to the world."