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Transsexual seeking election as mayor

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. - Win or lose, transsexual Terri Pohrman's bid for mayor promises to enliven the political landscape of this sleepy northern California town. Pohrman, a 37-year-old costume jewelry saleswoman who had a sex change operation in the 1970s, is campaigning on the slogan "The Change Will Do You Good."

A one-time female impersonator who moved to Yountville two years ago, Pohrman faces two opponents in the April 10 election. If elected, she said, she plans to donate the $180-a-month mayor's salary to charity.

Pohrman says she is serious about winning and is seeking support from the large elderly population in the town of 3,200.

She donned a body stocking and roller skates for a Valentine's Day party at a veterans' retirement home, where nearly half of Yountville's registered voters live. The former Las Vegas show girl was a regular entertainer at the home before she entered the race.

"She's flamboyant for up here," Walter Allen, 60, told the San

Francisco Chronicle, "but maybe not by San Francisco standards."