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Prominent transgender woman to run against Hoyer

Prominent transgender woman to run against Hoyer

WASHINGTON -- Kristin Beck, a former Navy SEAL who gained attention in 2013 when she came out as a transgender woman, will mount a primary challenge to Rep. Steny Hoyer in Maryland's Fifth Congressional District, according to a state filing made public Wednesday.

Beck, who wrote a memoir describing her journey and who was the subject of a CNN documentary in September, had a 20-year career in the military and was a member of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group known as Seal Team 6.

It's not clear why Beck is choosing to challenge Hoyer, the second-highest ranking House Democrat who is widely considered safe in the Southern...