Danica Roem Ousts Longtime Republican Incumbent Bob Marshall

Marsha Scott
November 9, 2017

Roem unseated Bob Marshall, who has been a conservative Republican figure in the Virginia State Legislature for 26 years.

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"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", she said. "This one's for you", Roem said to a crowd of cheering supporters.

"Roem ran a smart, issues-driven campaign focused on improving the lives of her neighbors; a campaign that ran counter to her opponent's divisive and transphobic rhetoric". "I'm committed to continue the fight for you, but in a different role going forward".

Roem's victory still came as a surprise to many, though she won by almost 10 percent.

Also in Virginia, Kathy Tran, a refugee from Vietnam, became the first Asian-American woman elected to the House of Delegates. That is why Roem's election is making headlines.

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"We have got to change the culture in Richmond, and sending two reporters between myself and Chris Hurst (a former Virginia local news anchor whose girlfriend, a reporter, was killed on live TV), that's a great start".

Marshall conceded to Roem in a post on his Facebook page.

As the margin of her victory became clear Tuesday night, the Post quoted Roem as saying: "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".

One pf the biggest reasons Roem ran is what some commuters describe as a terrible commute along Route 28. "I'm really proud of Virginia", said Roem voter John Coughlin, 63, a Realtor in Manassas who said he had never voted for Marshall.

Standing atop a table inside a pub Tuesday night in the Washington, D.C. exurb of Prince William County, Democrat Danica Roem veered briefly from the script she'd followed so closely in her march to represent Virginia's 13th legislative district. She is also a historian with the University of Minnesota's Transgender Oral History Project and an award-winning author of poetry and prose.

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