A New Brand of Politics

Photo of Danica Roem, courtesy of her campaign.

Photo of Danica Roem, courtesy of her campaign.

In Virginia, we have House of Delegates races every two years in odd years. Often, turnout is low and incumbents are strongly favored. But this race in District 13 between Democrat Danica Roem and Republican incumbent Bob Marshall could be a bit different. Well, it already is, because Roem is the first transgender candidate for any state legislature. She just won the primary by getting out and knocking on doors and focusing on traffic problems (a major issue in the northern Va. district).

Marshall is known for his social war bills against abortion, LGBTQ rights and access to contraception. He got 2.4 percent of his measures passed in 2016. His district has voted for Obama and Hillary Clinton, but he keeps getting re-elected because it's always an off-year. But with Democrats getting excited for the gubernatorial race, plus Roem's way of focusing on traffic and other local issues, we may see a change in District 13.

Here's my pre-primary interview with Danica Roem