This Woman Just Became The First Trans State Legislator In Virginia

09 November, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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Her opponent, Bob Marshall, has named himself in the past as Virginia's Chief Homophobe, and has battled long and hard against LGBTI rights, even proposing a bathroom bill that was shut down in committee, making her defeat of him sweeter still.

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

Roem is the first transgender member of the House of Delegates and will become the first openly transgender person to serve in a state legislature.

She declares to have "the public policy knowledge, the local roots, and the innovative ideas" to effectively represent the district "while also working to make Virginia a more inclusive Commonwealth".

The race took an ugly turn when Marshall and his supporters produced ads highlighting Roem's transgender identity.

Roem, who sings in a metal band in her spare time, said she learned to listen to different perspectives and digest complicated policy as a reporter for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times, skills she would bring to bear as a delegate. Hours after her win, Andrea Jenkins, an openly transgender black woman, was elected to the Minneapolis City Council.


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.

"Discrimination is a disqualifier", Roem told reporters after the election results came in during the evening of November 7. The race was one of the year's most high profile, drawing global attention and big money to the northern Virginia House of Delegates district outside the nation's capital.

Stephen Farnsworth, a political-science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, said Roem's victory shows "that cultural wars don't win elections like they used to".

Roem raised more than twice as many funds as Marshall, receiving significant donations from out of state and national donors including the Victory Fund, a national group that aims to elect LGBTQ leaders. "Someone has to fix Route 28". I never ran away from them.

With 19 out of 20 precincts in the state's 13th district reporting, Roem had won comfortably with 54.6% of the vote. She has won several awards from the Virginia Press Association.

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