Morris County town elects first transgender municipal chair

Jade Kohut
Jefferson Township, NJ Republicans elect Jade Kohut as Morris County’s first Transgender municipal chair

Jefferson Township Republicans elected Jade Kohut as the municipal chair

The Jefferson Township Republican Municipal Committee held a reorganization meeting where members of county committee unanimously elected the organization’s first transgender chairperson. Jade Kohut is 27 years old.

Kohut has been the local party chairperson and doing the work for two years. Just before the election for reorginization Kohut disclosed to the committee members that she had been undergoing gender transition treatments during that period.

“You’re never quite sure how people will react,” said Kohut. “But the Jefferson Republicans told me frankly that if I continued to do a good job, they would continue to vote for me.”

When asked how this election might affect the Republican Party in Morris County, Kohut said, “I don’t think it changes anything. The Morris GOP has always embraced diversity and different perspectives.”

Kohut has lived in Jefferson Township since she was eight years old. At one point Kohut had attempted to start the town’s first ever Pawn Shop. Now, she is launching a new enterprise as an online retailer of survival gear and country themed products. On Twitter she says she is a transgender entrepreneur, lover of sailing, and a gym warrior.

Jefferson Township will have a GOP Council pep rally and fundraiser next month. It is scheduled for Saturday August 29 at 1pm at the Lakeside Field pavilion in Lake Hopatcong. Kohut will be there to represent and continue doing the work.

Jade Kohut is on twitter @Jade3552