It's Time For Gina Duncan

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 2:22pm

Former homecoming king running for office...now as a woman.

A former football player and homecoming king is running for office...as a woman.

Gina Duncan filed paper-work to run for Florida's Orange County Commission on Monday.

Duncan says being a transgender woman is a part of who she is.

"It's been a challenge and a very interesting life journey," says Duncan.

56-year-old Duncan spent 50 of her years as Gregory Pingston, once known as a star linebacker in Merritt Island, then a husband.

"I was married for 25 years," says Duncan.

Gregory fathered a son and a daughter before telling his family in 2006 that he was going to undergo surgery to become a woman.

"In the transgender world, the decision is one that builds over a period of time. It gets to a point where you need to be your authentic self," she explains.

Duncan says that's the woman now running to represent the 5th District.

If elected, she'd be Orange County's first transgender commissioner.

"While that's a big part of me, and I do acknowledge the potential historic aspects of this election, the most important thing is that I bring a new vision to Orange County," Duncan says.

Current commissioner, and right now Duncan's only opponent, Ted Edwards, says he hopes the race will be won or lost based on the issues, and the candidate who can best represent the 190,000 people in the district.

Duncan believes those voters will be open-minded to consider her.

"Whether you're female or male, black or white, I think if the country can elect a black president, then it's time for Gina Duncan," says Duncan.
 

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