Six Trans Candidates Won Their Elections Last Night

Six Trans Candidates Won Their Elections Last Night

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After last night’s election, trans representation in government is at an all-time high

Last night’s election was a historic time for our country and LGBTQ+ representation. Six races were won by out trans people, bringing the number of openly transgender people serving in elected positions in government to 23 across the country. There’s still work to do to increase that representation, but six wins in one night is a huge and historic step forward.

This is especially encouraging, since many of these trans candidates’ opponents campaigned on anti-trans platforms. Attacking the human rights of their opponents and, undoubtedly, some of their constituents didn’t help them, and the election results show that pretty clearly.

Here are last night’s winners.

Virginia Delegate Danica Roem was reelected to another term after being the first out trans person to win a seat and serve in a state legislature. Roem worked hard in her last term to expand Medicaid coverage for her constituents, and in addition to being reelected, she saw voters approve her Medicaid expansion initiative. This was after her opponent tried to make LGBTQ+ and particularly trans healthcare an election issue, so victory in this case is especially sweet.

Holly Ryan made history in Massachusetts as the first out trans person ever elected to serve on the Newton City Council.

Donna Price was elected to the Albemarle County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors — also the first out trans person ever elected to serve on that body. Truly, last night’s election made history.

And then there are a handful of trans politicians who won reelection to the seats they already held.

Hiawatha, Iowa, City Councilmember Aime Wichtendahl was the first openly transgender person ever elected to any political body in the entire state of Iowa, and she was just elected for another term.