Victory Fund is on the ground in Virginia today helping Danica Roem make history.
The 13th District candidate is the first openly transgender candidate for the House of Delegates in the state’s history, and if she wins today’s Democratic primary, she’ll be one step closer to becoming the first openly transgender state legislator to serve in the U.S.
Victory Fund has staffers in the 13th District educating voters about where Danica stands on the election’s top issues and Danica’s qualifications as a prolific former journalist and lifelong resident of the area.
Danica faces three competitors in the primary today, and the winner will face Del. “Bigot Bob” Marshall, the most anti-LGBTQ state legislator in the South, in the general election in November.
Marshall introduced four bills this year alone aimed at curbing LGBTQ rights in Virginia, including a “bathroom bill” to deny transgender citizens access to public restrooms matching their gender identity. Marshall has served for 25 years in an increasingly urban and increasingly blue district, and 2017 could be the year he gets sent packing.
Danica outraised her primary opponents down the stretch, especially in donations under $100. She had the second most small-dollar donations in the state over the last two months.
Danica’s top issues, in addition to LGBTQ equality and the rights of trans students, are infrastructure and schools. She’s calling for increases in teacher pay and investments in updated or new roads to ease traffic congestion.
Polls in Virginia are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.