Of the many elections that occurred this past Tuesday, they were all important for many reasons beyond further plans to get Chris Christie out of office.


Many firsts, including the first Sikh mayor and several other diverse victories, all elated the many Americans who aren’t in the alt right and want a more diverse and multi-culturalistic America. A far cry from last year’s election where a controversial populist candidate whose rhetoric seemed to mirror various white supremacist groups was elected along with many Republicans, this election proved to be a victory for Democrats across the country.


Besides the contentious gubernatorial campaign in the commonwealth of Virginia where Democrat Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam beat Republican Ed Gillespie, one campaign received an equal amount of attention, partially due to the very polarizing and different candidates themselves. Whereas a normal election consisting of a Republican and Democrat usually have differences but none that are wildly different, the election for the 13th District for the Virginia House of Delegates had a hardline, 13-term conservative who authored the controversial and somewhat oppressive “bathroom bill” versus a member of the very community he attempted to oppress the lives of.


(Delegate Bob)

13-term 13th District Delegate Bob Marshall authored the “bathroom bill”, which attempted to delegate exactly where members of the  transgender community could use the restroom based on the gender on their birth certificate as opposed to the gender they identify as. However, given the somewhat discriminatory nature of the bill, it didn’t pass in the house. Along with that, Marshall has referred to himself as Virginia’s “chief homophobe”, which isn’t exactly something to brag about. Marshall also refused to debate his opponent, transgender journalist and metal musician Danica Roem, in any way and only referred to her with male pronouns.


Roem, a seven-time Virginia Press Association award-winning journalist and singer for metal band Cab Ride Home, focused her campaign on economic and transportation issues that the 13th District, especially on fixing Virginia State Route 28. Due to the progressive nature of her campaign compared to her very homophobic opponent, Roem received donations and endorsements from many groups as well as individuals who support the LGBT and transgender communities, such as the Human Rights Campaign and former Vice President Joe Biden.


Although given her status as the first transgender person to be elected to state legislature, Roem and her campaign certainly received hatred through more than just her opponent. The 13th District began receiving anti-transgender robocalls from a social conservative think tank called The American Principles Project as well as fliers from the Republican Party of Virginia that negatively covered comments Roem made during a September radio interview.


Yet, through all the hatred, Roem became victorious in the district election, receiving 54% of the vote. Once her term begins, Danica Roem will receive the distinct honor of being the first transgender person elected to US State Legislature and I’m somewhat certain she’ll be the first metal musician elected to a US state legislature.


What’s also notable about Roem is the respectful way she answered questions about how she’ll treat Bob Marshall, the longtime Republican who said endless amounts of disrespectful comments about the LBGT community and who she defeated in the election.


Roem simply stated in an interview, “I don’t attack my constituents. Bob is my constituent now.”


Did you follow the Virginia 13th District election? If so, Tweet me at @CaptainKasoff and we’ll talk about it.