Danni Askini is running for the House seat for the 43rd District, which includes Capitol Hill, Wallingford, Fremont, Eastlake and Montlake, as well as parts of downtown Seattle.

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A Seattle legislative candidate could become the state’s first transgender elected official.

Danni Askini, a transgender community activist, announced her candidacy Tuesday for state representative in the 43rd Legislative District.

Askini is founder and executive director of the Gender Justice League and has been in the news this year defending a state regulation guaranteeing transgender people the right to use restrooms, locker rooms and similar facilities according to their gender identity.

She joins an already diverse and increasingly crowded Democratic field for the 43rd District state House seat being relinquished by state Rep. Brady Walkinshaw, who is running for Congress.

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Other candidates who have declared in the race include low-income housing advocate Nicole Macri, fundraising consultant and gay-rights activist Thomas Pitchford, environmental organizer Sameer Ranade and attorney Dan Shih.

The top two finishers in the August primary will advance to the November election.

The 43rd District includes some of Seattle’s most liberal neighborhoods, including Capitol Hill, Wallingford, Fremont, Eastlake and Montlake, as well as parts of downtown.