Biden endorses transgender candidate in Virginia election race

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Danica Roem in Virginia
Danica Roem won her seat over an anti-trans politician in Virginia

Former Vice President Joe Biden has given his support to Danica Roem, a candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates. It is one more highlight of her record-setting run to unseat Bob Marshall, a staunchly anti-LGBT Republican.

“Former Vice President Joe Biden’s endorsement signifies the importance of this race not just to Virginia, but to the entire nation,” said Victory Fund President and CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills. “Danica Roem is transcending the divisive politics of today by knocking on doors and focusing on issues that will improve the lives of her constituents. Yet a win for Danica will also send a powerful message to elected officials nationwide: LGBTQ people will target and run against those who attack our community, and we will remove them from power.”

Roem is a Democrat from Prince William County and would become the first openly transgender Virginian elected to state office. A victory for her would also serve to end or weaken the Republicans 16-year majority in the chamber.