SOME GOOD NEWS IN NORTHERN VA DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

VA Transgender Candidate Wins

 Primary; Now Faces Anti-

LGBT  Lawmaker

By: Chris Johnson
The Washington Blade
June 13, 2017

A transgender former journalist pulled off a surprise win in a Virginia primary on Tuesday, winning the Democratic nomination to face off against anti-LGBT Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) in the general election.

Danica Roem, who was seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the 13th District seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates, beat out Steve Jansen, Andrew Adams and Mansimran Kahlon to obtain her party’s backing, the Associated Press reported at 8:30.
If Roem succeeds in besting Marshall, she could become the first openly transgender person to be elected and seated as a state legislator. The general election will be held Nov. 7.
Roem’s opponent in the general election, Marshall, has a long anti-LGBT history over the course of his 13 terms in the Virginia General Assembly. Marshall was responsible for the Marshall-Newman Amendment, which made a ban on same-sex marriage part of the state constitution in Virginia until a federal judge overturned the measure.
More recently, Marshall pushed legislation that would bar transgender people from using the restroom in any government-owned building consistent with the gender identity.
At the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund brunch last month, Danica Roem, acknowledged her victory defeat over Marshall would have particular significance, referencing his remarks calling transgender people “gender confused.”
“Let me make this really clear for you: When the people of the 13th District elect a transgender woman to replace the most anti-LGBT legislator in the South, it will be an act of certainty, and it will be a defining moment that will resonate across the country,” Roem said.
NOTE:  Would you vote for a transgender candidate?  You can be sure that today'a Republicans would most definitely not.  But it does say something positive about Democrats that Roem snagged the Democratic primary by a very substantial margin.  Here's the results:
  
And Virginia's 13th District, while a distant Washington, D.C. suburb, (mainly Prince William County) is a so-called "purple" District.  Used to be solidly Republican when it was predominantly dotted with cattle and tobacco farms, but now is home to an more urban polyglot of Middle Eastern, Latin American and Asian folks.  
Statewide, Virginia's gubernatorial primary resulted on mainstream Democrat, Ralph Northam (the current Lt. Gov) beat out Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren supported (and vocal Trump critic) Tom Perriello.  On the Republican side, former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie narrowly beat out Virginia Trump campaign chair, Corey Stewart. 
But the big news statewide was the fact that the Democratic turnout for the primary was humongous 540,00 voters compared to the Republican tally of 380,000.  
We'll see what happens next week in the GA 6th District election where Democrat Jon Ossoff is in a dead heat with Republican Karen Handel.
Stay Tuned Folks! 
  

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