Democrats jump for joy after winning candidate checks every identity box in PC checklist

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.

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.

Transgender candidate wins in Virginia – and the man she defeated couldn’t be more ironic

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.


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