POSTED: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 9:47am
UPDATED: Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 4:45pm
Former man runs for mayor of Amarillo, first transgender candidate in the city's history.
A man who became a woman hopes to become Amarillo's next mayor. It is the first time in the city's history that a transgender woman has filed to run for office. But it's not the first time this candidate has asked for your vote.
Candidate Sandra Dunn says "we all have our differences and that's what makes us great. Let me work for you as your mayor."
Today Sandra Dunn announced her intentions to run for Amarillo mayor. The mother of two was not always known as Sandra and this is not her first time running for public office. She ran for city and county commissioner when she was known as Fred Dunaway.
Sandra says "I've not run into any issues yet and I've been out and about three years now."
She's transgender. Dunn is open about her sex change but doesn't want people to focus on it instead she spells out her platform.
Sandra says "education is one. Dealing with the pregnancy rate that we have locally. Our county has single member districts, the state, the nation operates the same way, so why not us? Some of the revitalization issues they've come up with I wonder about and question. They're trying to make everything too uniformed I think."
Dunn realizes her sex change could garner wide spread attention.
Sandra says "we may gain some national attention from this. Reporter: Is that what you're looking for? Not really, it's just the fact that it may come about."
Dunn is a former business owner. Her partner was found murdered inside their store last year. Sandra says "it was too much of a major shock and a setback, losing him, that it was closed."
Now she's getting her masters from the University of the Rockies. She has her bachelor's from Wayland Baptist and served in the army for 28 years.
She also previously worked for the city of Amarillo. This won't be Dunn's first trip into the spotlight. She served on the jury that rejected a multimillion dollar defamation lawsuit by Texas cattlemen against Oprah Winfrey. That happened back in 1998 when she was still Fred Dunaway.