A transgender woman hoping to become the Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate said she’s seeking the nomination because of her status as a business leader, not her status as transgender.

Christine Hallquist said Wednesday that she believes she has the skills and ideas to move the state forward. Next week, she plans to officially leave her position at an energy electric company to focus full-time on her campaign.

Hallquist says she plans to file paperwork soon and would continue the trend of transgender people running for elected office; a spokesman for the LGBTQ Victory Fund, a political action committee that backs LGBTQ candidates, said that in 2017, the number of transgender men and women in elected office more than doubled.

Having lived as both a man as a woman gives her a different perspective, Hallquist said.