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Transgender Democrat seeks to transform Virginia politics

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 - 02:14

Democrat, Danica Roem is one of a record number of transgender candidates seeking public office in the United States this year. She's running for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates and, as Colette Luke reports, is well aware of the challenges ahead.

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(SOUNDBITE) DANICA ROEM, VA HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE SAYING: 'I am transgender, I am a journalist, I am a life-long Manassas resident and I have a lot of really good ideas…" Danica Roem is the Democratic nominee running to be the Delegate for the 13th District of Virginia… If she wins, she'll be the first transgender politicians to hold office in the state… She's one of more than 20 transgender people running for office across the country this year...and is well aware of the challenge she faces. Her opponent, Republican Bob Marshall has held the seat for more than twenty years and has no intention of giving it up. MARSHALL AD/BAD JUDGEMENT Marshall's team is on the attack, releasing an ad critical of Roem's theatrical behavior in a music clip for her metal band shot five years ago. ATTACK AD NATS But Roem has ads of her own.. ATTACK AD (INSPIRE) (clip of video) (SOUNDBITE) DANICA ROEM, VA HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE SAYING: "You clearly couldn't defeat me on the issues, which is why you had to resort to absolute smut and BS while I'm focused on this, you're attack ad was focused on personal BS Your record is lewd, your record is ludicrous and your record is awful for Virginia.." But Marshall's record has kept him in office. He's socially conservative, anti-gay marriage, and filed a bill to limit bathroom access for transgender people on the same day Roem launched her candidacy… He also calls his opponent "he" rather than "she". ATTACK AD AGAINST ROEM Roem thinks Marshall is using gender politics to stir up his conservative base, while ignoring issues that affect voters directly…like the traffic problems on infamous Route 28. (SOUNDBITE) DANICA ROEM, VA HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE SAYING: "The most typical reaction when I get at the door and I tell them I'm fixing route 28, they say, 'thank God'…. traffic congestion doesn't care what your gender identity is traffic congestion doesn't care what your race Traffic congestion hates everyone." But Marshall says the same about Roem… In mailers sent out this week, the Delegate says Roem is using her gender identity as a campaign issue… (VIEW OF MAILER) Danica Roem doesn't care to dwell on her journey to womanhood. She's highlighting her gender identity through advertising but believes most voters care most about getting results in their community. Her opponent declined numerous requests for an interview.

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Transgender Democrat seeks to transform Virginia politics

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 - 02:14