Transgender Ousts Virginia's Most Socially Conservative State Rep

Nov 09, 2017, 00:26
Transgender Ousts Virginia's Most Socially Conservative State Rep

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.

"For 26 years I've been proud to fight for you, and fight for our future", he said. Once she is in office, she will also be the first openly transgender person elected and seated to a USA state legislature. Jenkins, a 56-year-old poet and historian who transitioned in her 30s, brings 25 years of public service to the job.

Roem raised $500,000 in donations, much of it coming from LGBT advocates and other supporters across the country, out raising Marshall 3-1, the Washington Post reported.

Jenny Durkan is projected to win the mayoral race, which would make her the first lesbian mayor in Seattle, reported the Seattle Times.

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

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. "We don't just want a seat at the table, we want to set the table". That is why Roem's election is making headlines.

"Virginia has changed so rapidly over the past 20 years".

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". "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.

For months, Roem had knocked on doors and visited subdivisions, talking to anyone who would listen about her goal of alleviating traffic on Northern Virginia's crowded roadways.

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. The Seattle Times reported that Durkan won 61 per cent of the vote Tuesday night.

One pf the biggest reasons Roem ran is what some commuters describe as a awful commute along Route 28.

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