The dust has finally settled in the tightly contested race for Alameda County Superior Court with Victoria Kolakowski declaring victory by a two percent margin. Kolakowski is believed to be the nation’s first transgender judge.
The judge-elect said Monday that the election outcome “speaks well of our ability to look past differences and look to the things that matter: our ability and experience.”
Kolakowski, 49, has 21 years of legal experience, including work as a private attorney, corporate attorney and administrative law judge. She transitioned from male to female in 1989 during her last year in law school and had sex reassignment surgery in 1991.
Read more about the race in the SF Gate story. You can read a good, pre-election interview with Kolakowski here, on Change.org.
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This weekend I found myself telling a friend about how my dad took me to the local Democratic headquarters on election night in 1992. The news media had just declared Bill Clinton the president-elect of the United States. It was the first time in my life I had voted for a president who had won.
In talking about it, I found myself tearing up. I get overwhelmed when I think about the elation and sense of hope that seemed to be part of the air everyone in the room was breathing that night.
A giant television screen was showing a gospel choir singing on the steps of the Capitol in Arkansas, and everything seemed so young and fresh and full of promise.
I’m hoping tonight will feel the same.
I’m tired of politics that feels like I’m watching a Dallas Cowboys football game. I’m tired of hearing words like “fight” and “win”. I want to hear “repair,” “rebuild,” and yes, “hope”… lots of “hope”.
I want happiness to outweigh fear.
Come on’ Barrack… let’s bring it home!