First openly transgender state lawmaker elected in Virginia

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He also introduced a bill that would have banned transgender school students from using the bathrooms of their choice.

Two for you Virginia, and none for Bob Marshall bye. "This is about the people of the 13th District disregarding fear tactics, disregarding phobias. where we celebrate you because of who you are, not despite it".

Marshall refused to publicly debate Roem and even attacked Roem's identity as a transgender woman by producing ads during his campaign that referred to her by her birth gender.

"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.

"For 26 years I've been proud to fight for you, and fight for our future".

"History made tonight! #DanicaRoem has just become the first openly transgender legislator in USA history", the Women's March also tweeted.

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

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

"We made history tonight", the 33 year-old from Northern Virginia, proudly declared at newly-elected Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's election night party.

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 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".

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.

One pf the biggest reasons Roem ran is what some commuters describe as a awful commute along Route 28. The Seattle Times reported that Durkan won 61 per cent of the vote Tuesday night.

"Just because I sing in a heavy metal band while spinning my head in circles and getting paid to do it, why can't I run for government?"

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