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VaNews for Danica Roem

Transgender candidate takes on culture warrior in Virginia

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press

She's a transgender woman and an experienced journalist who sings in a metal band in her spare time. He has sponsored some of the most socially conservative legislation in Virginia in the past 25 years, including a measure this year that would have restricted the bathrooms transgender people can use. Democrat Danica Roem is challenging Republican Bob Marshall for his northern Virginia seat in the state House of Delegates.

VaNews July 24, 2017

Va. transgender candidate raised nearly 20 times more than GOP opponent in June

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Democrat Danica Roem, the transgender ex-journalist who is challenging Del. Robert G. Marshall in Prince William County, raised $85,637 compared to Marshall's $4,585, an early indication that her campaign is drawing significant interest from inside and outside Virginia.

VaNews July 19, 2017

Prince William Democrats raise more money than GOP candidates

By ALEX KOMA, Sun Gazette

The six Democrats vying for Prince William-area House of Delegates seats — in Districts 2, 13, 31, 40, 50 and 51 — raised nearly $196,000 from June 2 to June 30. The six Republicans in those races pulled in just over $104,000 in the same period. 13th District nominee Danica Roem accounted for nearly half of the Democratic total, pulling in almost $87,000 during one month.

VaNews July 19, 2017

Virginia's First Transgender Candidate Talks Traffic Reform


One of the winners in the primary elections is a candidate you may not heard of, at least not yet. But she’s likely to become one of the most visible Democratic challengers on the ballot this year.

VaNews June 16, 2017

Democratic challenger to Marshall would be Va.’s first openly transgender lawmaker

By FENIT NIRAPPIL , Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

A Democrat who would be Virginia’s first openly transgender lawmaker won the primary contest to challenge Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), a social conservative who proposed a “bathroom bill” and authored the state’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Danica Roem, a former Gainesville and Prince William Times reporter, beat three rivals Tuesday to join the largest slate of Democratic House candidates in recent memory, joining the launch of a general election campaign in which the party hopes to retake control of a legislative chamber that has a staggering Republican majority.

VaNews June 14, 2017

Transgender journalist Danica Roem wins nomination for House of Delegates

By JILL PALERMO, Fauquier Times

Democrat Danica Roem, a former Prince William Times journalist, appears to have made history tonight by becoming the first transgender candidate to win a major party's nomination to the General Assembly. With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Roem beat three other candidates vying to take on longtime Del. Bob Marshall, a 13-term incumbent in the Virginia House of Delegates.

VaNews June 14, 2017

She is transgender. He proposed a ‘bathroom bill.’ They’re running against each other in N.Va.

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The irony of Democrat Danica Roem’s long-shot campaign to oust a veteran conservative from Virginia’s House of Delegates is unmistakable. Roem, 32, is a transgender ex-journalist with a passion for public policy details that rivals that of Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), the scholarly conservative incumbent who has spent 25 years as a foil to the LGBT community.

VaNews June 15, 2017

Fundraising strength from Prince William Democrats in first quarter

By ALEX KOMA, Sun Gazette

Democratic challengers in the five House of Delegates races in Prince William County scored a massive fund-raising advantage over Republican incumbents in the first few months of 2017, though they still face an uphill climb to match the GOP’s collective campaign war chest. According to campaign finance data compiled by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project, the 11 Democrats competing in the five Prince William-area races — Districts 2, 13, 31, 50 and 51 — raised more than $362,000 from Jan. 1 through March 31 this year.

VaNews April 20, 2017

Del. Marshall proposes 'bathroom bill' restricting access to birth gender

By JAMES IVANCIC, Fauquier Times

Delegate Bob Marshall hopes his physical privacy act bill, already dubbed “the bathroom bill” in headlines, can make its way through the Virginia General Assembly, but he knows it can be derailed before even coming to a vote. If it becomes law, House Bill 1612, introduced by Marshall on Tuesday, would require governments to provide separate sex restrooms and other facilities.

VaNews January 6, 2017