Meet Danica Roem, Virginia's first transgender elected official


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. Victory Fund, a group that advocates for LGBTQ candidates, said Jenkins is the first openly transgender woman elected to the city council of a major US city. He held that position for the past 25 years.

Conservative groups denounced Roem's victory, mocking the money she received from national LGBT groups and saying the political right had "failed to defend one of its best allies in Bob Marshall".

Roem asked Noisey in the midst of her campaign.

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

Kaufusi replaces John Curtis, Provo's current mayor, who successfully ran for the US House seat that was left open when former congressman Jason Chaffetz resigned in June.

Roem led by almost 10 percentage points with almost all of the vote counted, according to preliminary, unofficial results.

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"Discrimination is a disqualifier", Roem told reporters after the election results came in during the evening of November 7. "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.

Tuesday's election not only brought Democratic wins in high-profile gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey, but it also saw historic victories for women, minority and LGBTQ candidates in down-ballot races nationwide. "The Old Dominion gives way to a very different New Dominion". She is also a historian with the University of Minnesota's Transgender Oral History Project and an award-winning author of poetry and prose.

"For 26 years I've been proud to fight for you, and fight for our future", Marshall wrote in a concession post on Facebook.

"Just because I sing in a heavy metal band while spinning my head in circles and getting paid to do it, why can't I run for government?"

As she digested her victory Tuesday night, Roem continued to emphasize her plan to get traffic lights along Route 28 replaced with above-grade bypasses and a flyover, rather than grand social messages.