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Danica Roem Ousts Longtime Republican Incumbent Bob Marshall

Danica Roem Ousts Longtime Republican Incumbent Bob Marshall”

Danica Roem defeated incumbent Bob Marshall in the race for Virginia's 13th District House of Delegates seat, becoming the state's first openly transgender elected official.

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.

Roem, 33, openly discussed her gender identity during her campaign, but it was far from her focus.

On Tuesday night after she was declared victor, Roem displayed the same sense of composure that she did in the face of anti-trans insults from her opponent over the past few months.

Roem handily outraised her opponent and as the Washington Post reports, her campaign "executed an aggressive ground game, knocking on doors more than 75,000 times in a district with 52,471 registered voters, sitting for endless public appearances and interviews, and maintaining a steady social media presence".

Prior to running for office, Roem worked as a journalist.

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The win was not only monumental because Roem is the first trans person elected, but also because she won the election over someone who is vocally homophobic and transphobic.

A lightning rod for controversy, Marshall often drew the ire of even his own party. He previously referred to himself as Virginia's "chief homophobe", and he drafted the state's punitive proposed "bathroom bill", which would have forced people to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate.

On the campaign trail, Marshall and other Republicans repeatedly misidentified Roem's gender.

"Transgender people have really good public policy ideas that span the gamut of transportation policy to health care policy to education policy, and yes, to civil rights as well", Roem said.

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. When Roem takes office, she will be the first openly transgender candidate to be elected and serve in a state legislative body. Tyler Titus, who is openly transgender, won a seat on a western Pennsylvania school board.



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