During transition she ran for Salvador council in 2008 for the Party of the Republic, and despite being the most harassed candidate by the press she came fourth highest in the vote. She was still legally male under Brazilian law, and was expected to wear a suit and tie and use the men’s toilets.
However in November 2009 Léo won a ruling in the Civil Registration Court recognizing her identity. During her three years in office, councillor Kret worked on the committees for citizens' rights, repairs and economic development and tourism. Despite this, in 2012 she was not re-elected.
She has now returned to singing and formed the group Léo Kret & As Novinhas.
- "Diferente de 2008, Léo Kret não consegue reeleição: Candidata transexual tem menos de oito mil votos este ano". Varela, 18/10/12. http://varelanoticias.com.br/diferente-de-2008-leo-kret-nao-consegue-reeleicao/#.UtqkqBBTvIU.
- "Léo Kret vai comandar grupo de funk". BN Holofote, 02 de Julho de 2013. www.bahianoticias.com.br/holofote/noticia/30726-leo-kret-vai-comandar-grupo-de-funk.html.
- "Léo Kret vai ao encontro do povão e do eleitorado na Parada Gay de Salvador". BN Holofote, 22 de Setembro de 2014. www.bahianoticias.com.br/holofote/noticia/36807-leo-kret-vai-ao-encontro-do-povao-e-do-eleitorado-na-parada-gay-de-salvador.html.