Transgender candidate Danica Roem wins historic Virginia race

Transgender candidate Danica Roem wins historic Virginia race

Kerry Wise
November 9, 2017

Roem, a Democrat, defeated Republican incumbent Bob Marshall who proposed a bill restricting which bathrooms transgender people could use and attempted to block Virginia from adding sex and gender discrimination to anti-discrimination rules.

"For 26 years I've been proud to fight for you, and fight for our future".

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She ran on a campaign platform of "developing affordable housing, raising the minimum wage, addressing youth violence as a matter of public health, and supporting minority artist", according to The Advocate. "This one's for you", Roem said to a crowd of cheering supporters.

Ms Roem championed gay, transgender and immigrant rights during her campaign, but the race mostly focused on the state's transport infrastructure.

"Thank you Hoboken. I look forward to being your Mayor!"

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Roem led by almost 10 percentage points with almost all of the vote counted, according to preliminary, unofficial results. "We don't just want a seat at the table, we want to set the table". "Reading the history books growing up, it became clear to me that no one like me made it very far - at least no one who was out".

"Virginia has changed so rapidly over the past 20 years".

This video shows Roem's victory speech at the election night watch party. "It's gone from a state where no politician would dare to condemn the Confederacy to a state where a suburban district would elect a transgender candidate", Farnsworth said after the win according to the Washington Post.

Roem handily outraised her opponent and as the Washington Post reports, her campaign "executed an aggressive ground game, knocking on doors more than 75,000 times in a district with 52,471 registered voters, sitting for endless public appearances and interviews, and maintaining a steady social media presence". "This is why I ran".

Roem also says she believes transparency and accountability are extremely important to the legislative process, and how Virginians perceive it. Her first move was talking to Senator Mark Warner after her win on Tuesday night, specifically about the traffic lights on Route 28.