Of all the victories last night, Danica Roem’s election to the Virginia House of Delegates was perhaps the sweetest. Not only did the Daily Kos-endorsed candidate make history by becoming the first transgender woman to represent in the House of Delegates, she beat the bigoted author of the bathroom bill presented to the Virginia House of Delegates last year. From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Democrat Danica Roem ousted longtime incumbent Del. Robert Marshall, R, Tuesday, according to preliminary returns, becoming the first openly transgender elected official in Virginia - and one of very few in the nation.
The race between Roem, 33, and Marshall, 73, focused on traffic and other local issues in Prince William County but also exposed the nation's fault lines over gender identity.
Yes, Danica Roem did run to oppose the bigoted policies of Marshall, but she wasn’t a one-note song. She ran on a progressive platform. In an inspirational speech last night (seen below), she implored the crowd to follow her lead and run for office, “if you have good public policy ideas and you are well qualified, bring those ideas to the table!”
And what was her response to a question about her opponent Bob “Mr. Bathroom Bill” Marshall? Epic.
In fact, Roem was one of three transgender candidates across the nation who won big last night. She is joined by Andrea Jenkins, who was elected to the Minneapolis City Council, and Lisa Middleton, who was elected to the Palm Springs City Council.
Listen to Danica Roem fire up the crowd in her victory speech last night. It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, America! Let’s keep this rolling into the 2018 midterm elections!
Looks like Bob Marshall’s sister weighed in on the election results as well: