Tuesday, Nov. 7 was a crucial day for several states across the nation. Local elections took place and many political analysts said the outcome of these elections could very well represent the future results of the 2018 mid-term elections or even the 2020 presidential election.
Not only were Democrats and women big winners in several mayoral and gubernatorial races, but two trans women made a particularly large impact with their victories.
Danica Roem (D-Va.) became one of the first openly transgender elected officials to have a seat in a U.S. statehouse. Although some outlets have reported she was the first trans person elected, Althea Garrison — a Black trans woman — was the first trans person elected to public office in 1992 during a Massachusetts race. It should be noted that Garrison did not campaign as openly trans, where as Roem did.
Roem beat conservative Robert Marshall, who happens to support a great deal of anti-LGBT policies. Roem's election as a state legislator was also met with tremendous praise because her opponent authored a controversial anti-trans bathroom bill.
Roem's success was not the only big news on election night.
Andrea Jenkins, an openly trans Black woman also won a Minneapolis City Council seat on Tuesday night, with over 72 percent of the vote, reported the Star Tribune.
(Photo from left: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images, Andrea Jenkins via Facebook)