Transgender woman Danica Roem (D) won the 13th District primary and will now face incumbent anti-LGBT Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) in November.
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. The Washington Blade reports that 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.
— Danica Roem (@pwcdanica) June 14, 2017
At the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund brunch last month, Roem acknowledged her victory 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.
But Danica Roem knows that she didn’t win the primary on transgender issues. In an interview with Battle Ground VA she stated “The number one issue that I’m campaigning on, the biggest quality of life issue that we face in the 13th District is fixing Route 28. The big deal with this road is it has been backed up for more than 25 years. Delegate Marshall has had 25 years to address the backups from this road that leads all the way from Manassas through Manassas Park into Yorkshire and Centreville. [It has been backed up] every working morning for his entire career, his 25-year career as a member..”
A long time local reporter, Danica Roem in a Facebook post at 3am this morning acknowledged that roads and employment were key to her winning and plans to make those topics central for the general elections.