Danica Roem will become first openly trans legislator after stomping her opponent

Ralph Northham

A few states over in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Andrea Jenkins became the first transgender woman of color to be elected to public office in yet another major victory for the trans community. She defeated long-time Republican Del. Tyler Titus, a 33-year-old father, was elected member of the Erie School Board, making him the first ever transgender person to hold elected office in Pennsylvania's history.

In a night of many firsts, several minority and LGBT candidates won local elections that echoed the blue wave in which Democrats won races large and small. Marshall also penned Virginia's so-called bathroom bill, which would have made it unlawful for trans folk to use whichever bathroom they wanted to use. Marshall also refused to debate Roem, ran attack ads against her, and previously referred to her by male pronouns.

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, who couldn't immediately be reached for an interview Tuesday night, openly discussed her gender identity during her campaign, but it was far from her focus.

Roem also argued that Marshall, who has served in the House since 1992, has spent too much time on social policy. "It's something that even if you are cisgender, but you have some reason that you've been singled out in your life, you have some reason that you've been stigmatized in your life, you've had some reason when you've been cornered in your life for being yourself, you can look at me and say, 'If she can do this, so can I'". Ravinder Bhalla became the first elected Sikh mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey.

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In her bio on the campaign website, Roem stated that she learned to listen to different perspectives and digest complicated policy as a reporter for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times.

And another transgender woman broke a glass ceiling on Tuesday - Lisa Middleton, who was elected to city council in Palm Springs and became California's first openly transgender non-judicial elected official.

The night was historic a lot of "firsts" to be elected happened, like Danica Roem.

Kaufusi replaces John Curtis, Provo's current mayor, who successfully ran for the US House seat that was left open when former congressman Jason Chaffetz resigned in June.

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