A transgender woman on Thursday
announced that she is running for the U.S. Senate in 2020,
challenging Republican incumbent Susan Collins of Maine.
Independent Danielle VanHelsing, 36,
described Collins as a “terrible senator” who doesn't put the
needs of her constituents first.
She also criticized President Donald
Trump's policies as they relate to the transgender community, saying
that the administration has spurred “so much violence” against
Last year, VanHelsing briefly entered a
congressional race against Rep. Bruce Poliquin.
According to the
Journal, Collins has not made a final decision about whether
she will run for re-election but she has begun raising money for her
If elected to the Senate in 2020,
VanHelsing would become the first transgender member of Congress.