Danica Roem reelected in Virginia; Longest-serving trans official
Danica Roem has been re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, and she will remain the longest-serving transgender elected official in the United States
Roem, a Democrat, was elected to a third term on Tuesday representing District 13, a swing district in the northern part of the state. With all the ballots counted, except the provisional ballots, she obtained 54.3% of the vote, Inside Nova reports.
She defeated Christopher Stone, an anti-LGBTQ + and political Republican newcomer. Stone had criticized the 2015 US Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, calling it an example of “bench law.” He opposes adoption rights for same-sex couples and called for “two sides” to be considered in LGBTQ + rights laws.
Roem was originally elected to the House of Delegates in 2017, becoming the first transgender person to be elected and serve in a state legislature. In 2019, she became the first trans person to be reelected. In her first election, she beat Del. Bob Marshall, a longtime lawmaker who was intensely anti-LGBTQ +. She beat an anti-LGBTQ + challenger, Kelly McGinn, in her race for re-election in 2019.
“Danica voters have again chosen a skilled trans leader over an anti-LGBTQ opponent – rejecting so-called ‘culture wars’ which aim to divide, not improve people’s lives,” Annise Parker, President and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which has supported all of Roem’s campaigns, said in a press release. “As Danica’s energies are focused on her district, the impact of her leadership resonates across the country. Danica exemplifies the winning recipe for trans candidates: exemplary voter service and a hyper focus on the issues that matter. She has inspired dozens of trans people to run for office across the country and each victory is sure to inspire more. “
With all seats in the House of Delegates up for election, Mark Sickles, a gay man, was re-elected in District 43, also in northern Virginia, easily defeating Republican Brenton Hammond. Sickles has been a delegate for 18 years and came out in 2014. Like Roem, he’s a Democrat.
Another Democrat in the LGBTQ + community, lesbian Dawn Adams, is seeking re-election in Richmond-centric District 68. She was first elected in 2017. Her run against Republican challenger Mark Earley Jr. remains too close to be announced.
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