Meet the Transgender Americans Who Won on Election Day

Jenkins ran a campaign emphasizing affordable housing raising the minimum wage and fair policing

When asked if she wanted to say anything about Marshall after winning last night, Roem said, "I have nothing but nice things to say about Bob".

As of 9 a.m. today, results were still being tabulated in the race for the Ward 4 seat on the Minneapolis City Council, with trans man Phillipe Cunningham still in the running to win that seat and join Andrea Jenkins on that city council.

Jenkins was officially elected to the Minneapolis City Council on Tuesday, November 7th. She said she hopes to further that sort of development across more Minneapolis neighborhoods once she takes her seat on the City Council in January.

"The first order of business is to get cracking on police accountability and public safety in our community and to talk about affordable housing and making the city safe", Jenkins said.

Minneapolis has elected a black transgender woman to its City Council, another national first in what advocacy groups have described as a banner night for transgender people in public office.

"Andrea Jenkins shattered a glass ceiling tonight - becoming the first out trans woman ever elected to the city council of a major US city".

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Her win was part of a Democratic swing across the country, with the party winning the races for governor in Virginia and New Jersey and winning the NY mayoral race in a landslide. His victory wasn't announced until Wednesday afternoon, due to the instant-runoff voting system Minneapolis uses.

Outgoing Council Member Elizabeth Glidden said she expects Jenkins to "change this city, and honestly change this nation".

One political researcher estimates that there are at least 29 openly transgender politicians running races in the US during the 2017 and 2018 elections.

"When people do try to enact policies that are going to be detrimental to these communities, I can be that voice to derail that, to stop that, to resist".

Andrea Jenkins, elected to the Minneapolis City Council, is the first openly trans woman ever elected to the city council of a major USA city, and will be the only openly trans person of color now serving in elected office anywhere in the nation. "We don't just want a seat at the table, we want to set the table", according to Fox 9 news. Her goal is to create records of the experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming people for historians. "That just shows how respected she is from her lifetime, decades of work, but also how she is someone who brings a glue, who brings a sense of connectedness, and, frankly, I think that's something the city needs right now".

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