Danica Roem, Virginia's 1st transgender elected official, promises culture change in Richmond

Aaron Brown
November 9, 2017

A transgender woman ousted one of Virginia's most conservative state reps Tuesday - the man who introduced a bill requiring people to use the bathroom of their biological sex. "This is about the people of the 13thDistrict disregarding fear tactics, disregarding phobias. where we celebrate you because of who you are, not despite it". Marshall also refused to debate Roem, ran attack ads against her, and previously referred to her by male pronouns.

"She's never had menstrual cramps, and she's never had a baby, and she never will be able to", said Carol Fox, a community activist in the Heritage Hunt section of Prince William, where Roem campaigned repeatedly.

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.

"Discrimination is a disqualifier", Roem said Tuesday night, according to the Washington Post.

Roem had campaigned on everyday issues, like reducing traffic on a congested state highway, and told Mother Jones in a recent interview that he campaign was about policy, not just her identity.

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When asked if she wanted to say anything about Marshall after winning last night, Roem said, "I have nothing but nice things to say about Bob".

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.

"Danica will bring a reporter's eye to Richmond, and we eagerly anticipate her results-oriented approach to deliver for her constituents", the Virginia House Democratic caucus leader David J. Toscano and caucus chairwoman Charniele Herring said in a statement. "I'm committed to continue the fight for you, but in a different role going forward". 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 USA city. We also see her lawn signs, which read "Fix Route 28 Now!"

With 19 out of 20 precincts in the state's 13th district reporting, Roem had won comfortably with 54.6% of the vote.

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