EXIT of the DAY: Exit 75 I-95s to: Richmond, VA
On the day after the 2019 elections we discuss an earlier election.
In 2017, while her party appeared to make a generational gain in power in a legislative chamber that has been under an iron Republican grip, northern Virginia journalist and part time Heavy Metal rocker, Danica Roem, made history. She became the first openly transgender candidate elected to the Virginia legislature. In fact, Danica unseated the state’s most prominent social conservative, Robert Marshall.
Said House Minority Leader David Toscano, a democrat from Charlottesville: “It’s quite an experience to experience a tsunami election, and this is it!” The tsunami resulted from the electoral earthquake that put Donald Trump in the White House.
Roem was born and raised in Prince William County. Her father committed suicide when she was three years old, and her maternal grandfather acted as a father figure. Roem majored in journalism at Saint Bonaventure College in New York and became an award winning journalist.
Fast Forward to 2018. Roem ran for the Virginia House of Delegates against anti-LGBT Republican incumbent Bob Marshall who held the office for the past 25 years. Marshall had authored the so-called "bathroom bill"and infamously referred to himself as Virginia's "chief homophobe"
Having been born Dan Roem, Danica beat Bob by promising to be a voice of inclusion. So did she run on issues like gay rights, global warming or universal health case? Nope! Her main policy goal is reducing traffic congestion on Route 28. After all, all politics is local. Right?
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