OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A transgender Oklahoma City police officer who engaged in a legal battle with the department a decade ago has retired from the force and is now a candidate for an open seat in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
Democrat Paula Sophia filed paperwork on Thursday for the House District 88 seat in central Oklahoma City that includes trendy areas like Heritage Hills and the Midtown, Plaza and Paseo districts.
A U.S. Army veteran of Desert Storm who joined the Oklahoma City Police Department in 1992, Sophia retired from the department on Monday so she could run for office.
She was engaged in a legal battle with the city after becoming a woman in 2001, but ultimately returned to the force.
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