Andrea Jenkins sees decisive, historic win in 8th Ward

09 November, 2017, 01:58 | Author: Nina Hammond
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Victory Fund made Andrea a 2017 spotlight candidate, and raised more than $4,000 for her throughout the election cycle.

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. Roem, a former journalist, will become the first openly transgender person seated in any state legislature in the country.

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. A similar fate befell Joanne Marie Conte (1933-2013), whose adversaries collected money to oust her identity as a transgender woman after she won a seat on the Arvada, Colorado, City Council in 1991. What makes her victory so sweet is that she beat out 13-term Republican incumbent who proudly refers to himself as "chief homophobe". Jenkins' run for office was endorsed by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, the Minnesota affiliate of the national Democratic Party, as well as local publications like the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

As an aide to Glidden and previous Eighth Ward council member Robert Lilligren, Jenkins worked to revitalize the neighborhood with small businesses and arts venues, and helped organize a Trans* Equity Summit.

There were 18 openly transgender candidates that ran in the U.S.in 2017 and there are 11 running in 2018 elections, according to a list compiled by Harvard researcher Logan Casey.

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Andrea Jenkins was elected to the Minneapolis City Council yesterday with 73 percent of the vote, proving that hate is still not the bottom line, even in Trump's America.

"Across the country right now, we're seeing politicians focusing on divisiveness and anti-equality rhetoric, when voters just want ways to improve their lives", Imse said.

It adds to a banner night for transgender people in public office.

"The two of these folks who won tonight, and the still handful of trans folks still up tonight, that's an incredible thing for the kids who will wake up tomorrow morning knowing tomorrow will be a little better, a little easier, a little cooler to be trans", said Mara Keisling, the founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Jenkins now leads the groundbreaking Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota. Bob Marshall Tuesday to become the first openly transgender elected official in Virginia. "People responded to it, respected it, and that's why people elected me".

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