Bob Marshall, the incumbent delegate for Virgina was unseated by Danica Roem – the first openly transgender woman elected to a state legislature.
This isn’t to take away anything from Althea Garrison, who was elected in Massachusetts and openly served in a state legislature but did not run openly. Which is also quite impressive since she started her term in 1992.
Roem is the polar opposite of Marshall who calls himself the “chief homophobe” – he is also responsible for the bathroom bill.
Before being unseated he had been elected 13 separate times over 26 years.
As many suspected Marshall’s campaign and supporters produced negative ads about her gender.
“The message that I can succeed because of my gender, not despite it, because of who I am without being afraid of who I am is a human message,” Roem said in the September interview with Cosmopolitan.
With all of the ugliness in the news as of late, many find it refreshing that hate did not win this time. It’s one thing to not like someone based on his or her political views but disliking someone solely based cultural or spiritual beliefs is another.
Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political-science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, said Roem’s victory shows “that cultural wars don’t win elections like they used to.”
When asked about Marshall, Roam said “I don’t attack my constituents. Bob is my constituent now.”