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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.