After months of making every single election a referendum on President Donald Trump (and then embarrassingly losing them), Democrats are patting themselves on the back after a number of victories in state races Tuesday night–even if they did come in already-Democratic states.
In an electoral win that has the social justice crowd celebrating, the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota elected its first openly transgender “woman” of color to city council, The Advocate reports.
More history being made tonight as Andrea Jenkins (@andreaforward8) wins her bid for Minneapolis City Council, becoming the first out Black trans woman elected to public office in America! That makes two victories for transgender candidates tonight! pic.twitter.com/UXolI1SOAE
— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) November 8, 2017
Andrea Jenkins, a Democrat who beat out three other candidates in an officially non-partisan race, is the first openly transgender person of color ever to be elected to public office in the US.
Jenkins won 70 percent of the vote in the city’s Eighth Ward, earning the endorsement of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Prior to running for office, Jenkins was an aide to Minneapolis city council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden, as well as to councilman Robert Lilligren.
As a candidate, Jenkins focused on causes like developing affordable housing, raising the minimum wage, supporting minority artists, and addressing youth violence as a matter of public health.
Jenkins’ background includes serving as a historian for the University of Virginia’s Transgender Oral History Project. She is also poet, prose author, and performance artist whose work has received numerous grants.
Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, President and CEO of Victory Fund, a PAC dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders, cheered Jenkins’ victory.
“Andrea Jenkins shattered a glass ceiling tonight – becoming the first out trans woman ever elected to the city council of a major U.S. city,” Moodie-Mills said in a statement. “Andrea ran on improving the lives of constituents in her ward, but the significance of her victory for the trans equality movement is undeniable. Americans are growing increasingly aware of trans equality and people, and this win will surely inspire other trans people to run for office and further inclusion in their communities.”
The LGBTQ community added another tally to their scoreboard Tuesday night Virginia House of Delegates candidate Danica Roem (D) defeated incumbent Robert Marshall (R) to become Virginia’s first openly transgender elected official.
Historic day for trans people: Danica Roem, Phillipe Cunningham, Andrea Jenkins, and Kristen Bowde are on the ballot in VA, MN, and NY!
— Sen. Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) November 7, 2017
The win was especially heralded due to Marshall’s refusal to debate Roem, to whom his ads referred as a man, rather than as a woman.
Level-headed conservatives have been quick to burst liberals’ bubble with the obvious: it’s great that they were able keep seats in long-time blue states.
Whether they can maintain that momentum to win US Congressional elections in states President Trump won is another question.
Congrats on holding on to that 15th Democratic governor….. well on your way to a majority
— Paul Miles (@milespaul22) November 8, 2017
Technically, Republicans didn’t lose Virginia because it was already a Democrat state run by a Democrat governor. We only lost New Jersey’s governor’s race to a Democrat replacing a Republican governor. However, New Jersey is also a blue state.
— Monicatrump1 (@monicatrump1) November 8, 2017
Virginia is a democratic state. Democrats were going to win anyway…lol
— Bea Samuel (@JustBeaTee) November 8, 2017
Wow a blue state elected a dem really shows trump huh? You idiots think we forgot VA bites for Crooked Hillary? VA is lost to the invaders
— Audrey Müller (@AudreyKirby1488) November 8, 2017
Virginia was blue before this! State of government employees !
— Elizabeth Belill (@ElizBelill) November 8, 2017
Virginia is a suburb of Washington DC. They let felons vote to increase the Democrat base. If anything, it’s an eye-opener that the state is permanently highjacked by Liberals.
— Trumpelstiltskin?? (@Jonesie1967) November 8, 2017
What do you expect a Democrat to say? Virginia is a blue state. It is a carbon copy of the DC swamp. Immigration has changed the political landscape. Can’t win Virginia without Fairfax and Loudoun County.
— Not in a Blue Moon (@notinabluemoon) November 8, 2017
a Democrat won a blue state. this was expected.
the Democrats are still a mess, with no leader & no message for America.#WednesdayWisdom
— Truth (@SpecialEDxx) November 8, 2017