She ran on a campaign platform of "developing affordable housing, raising the minimum wage, addressing youth violence as a matter of public health, and supporting minority artist", according to The Advocate. Roem is poised to be the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature in the country for the state of Virginia.
"Andrea Jenkins shattered a glass ceiling tonight - becoming the first out trans woman ever elected to the city council of a major USA city".
Jenkins won her seat convincingly, snagging a whopping 73.1% of first preference votes. While Roem focused her race on traffic and other local issues in Virginia's Prince William County, she faced Robert G. Marshall, a 13-term incumbent who has called himself Virginia's "chief homophobe" and introduced a "bathroom bill"-one that would have forced Roem and other transgender people to use public bathrooms matching the gender on her birth certificate-which was killed by fellow Republicans".
Andrea Jenkins will serve Ward 8, which covers neighborhoods in south Minneapolis.
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Deebaa Sirdar, left, and Sara Lopez, right, take a selfie with Andrea Jenkins as she won the Minneapolis Ward 8: Council Member race in Minneapolis on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.
Outgoing Council Member Elizabeth Glidden said she expects Jenkins to "change this city, and honestly change this nation". "I really want to get a hold on economic developments strategy that employs northsiders; when people are employed, we can figure out the other issues in north Minneapolis".
People are still celebrating the historic wins of Election Day 2017. "And it really is a milestone for the LGBTQ community". However, she also a transgender activist and curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota, where she's interviewed nearly 200 people about their experiences as transgender and gender nonconforming people. "When people try to enact policies that are going to be detrimental to [marginalized] communities, I can be that voice to derail that, to stop that, to resist", Jenkins said in the video. During yesterday's elections across the US three of them won their races in what's being called a stunning rebuke to Trump's divisive politics.
In Pennsylvania, Tyler Titus won his race for the Erie School Board becoming the first out trans person ever elected in the state of Pennsylvania. "People responded to it, respected it, and that's why people elected me".