Transgender candidate Danica Roem wins historic Virginia race
- Author: Adam Floyd Nov 09, 2017,
Nov 09, 2017, 0:25
Marshall, a fervently right-wing politician who made national headlines in 2016 when he introduced the so-called "bathroom bill" created to restrict restroom access to transgender individuals, found himself in the fight of his career against Roem, who came out as transgender in 2013.
Two for you Virginia, and none for Bob Marshall bye. "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".
Roem discussed her gender identity when asked throughout the campaign and responded to flyers released by Marshall's campaign that referred to her using male pronouns. She also sang in a metal band in her spare time, ABC News said.
Mr Marshall had described himself as Virginia's "chief homophobe".
Danica Roem Promises a "More Inclusive Commonwealth" She never uses the word "transgender", but images are shown with her campaigning while wearing a rainbow handkerchief scarf.
"For 26 years I've been proud to fight for you, and fight for our future". "I'm committed to continue the fight for you, but in a different role going forward".More news: NHC says 60 percent chance of cyclone over northwestern Caribbean Sea
Althea Garrison, elected in MA, was the first openly transgender person to serve in a state legislature, but did not campaign as an openly transgender person during her race in 1992.
In addition to calling Marshall "a mirror" of Trump, Roem accused him of being more concerned with advancing his conservative causes than dealing with local problems.
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.
While cultural issues may have defined national coverage of the race, for numerous voters, casting a vote meant sending a far more mundane message, and Roem's victory is just the prelude to years of grinding through the state bureaucracy. "This is why I ran".
One pf the biggest reasons Roem ran is what some commuters describe as a awful commute along Route 28.
Standing atop a table inside a pub Tuesday night in the Washington, D.C. exurb of Prince William County, Democrat Danica Roem veered briefly from the script she'd followed so closely in her march to represent Virginia's 13th legislative district.