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Transgender candidate to face Rep. Sally Kern

Rep. Sally Kern, known for comments against homosexuality, draws transgendered challenger in race for seat.

BY RICKY MARANON - Tulsa World Modified: June 9, 2010 at 10:06 am •  Published: June 9, 2010
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A lawmaker known for her comments against homosexuality will face the state's first known openly transgendered candidate in this fall's elections.

Oklahoma City attorney Brittany Novotny, a Democrat, filed on Tuesday to run for the seat held by Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City.

Novotny, 30, said the campaign is not about her gender identity.

"For six years, we've had someone who has not represented her district, has been ineffective on problems and is bad for business,” she said.

She said the incumbent is pushing her personal agenda instead of focusing on issues important to House District 84, and because of that, the state and Kern's Oklahoma City district have suffered.

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