Yes, They Did! The First Transgender Elected Officials

Democrats for Equality,

Last night was beyond historic.

Pundits in Virginia were saying that Ralph Northam recorded the biggest Democratic win in over 30 years, and the record-breaking seats that were flipped was the most in over a century!

New Jersey wasn’t even close.

Democrats won (and ousted) Republicans in New York’s Nassau and Westchester counties.

Voters in Maine told their Trump-loving Governor to pound sand, and voted to extend Medicaid coverage.

Charlotte, North Carolina elected their first African-American woman mayor.

Among a couple Democratic legislative wins in Georgia, one includes a long-held Republican seat that will feature TWO Democrats in a special run-off election. Peachy.

And our brothers and sisters in Washington State delivered a state senate electoral win so notable, that now every legislative chamber and Governors mansion on the West Coast is dominated by Democrats.

The most historic moment though — the election of Danica Roem as the first transgender candidate elected to a statehouse in the United States — was followed by 7 more electoral wins from our transgender community!

  • Andrea Jenkins became the first transgender candidate elected to a major city’s governing body (Minneapolis City Council), and is the first transgender woman of color elected to office in the country!
  • Phillipe Cunningham was also elected in Minneapolis, and became the first transgender man elected to a major city’s council in the U.S.!
  • Gerri Cannon was elected to the Somersworth School Board in New Hampshire!
  • Raven Matherne was elected to the Stamford Board of Representatives, becoming Connecticut’s first openly transgender lawmaker. Matherne will also be the youngest member in the board’s history!
  • Tyler Titus became the first transgender candidate elected in Pennsylvania to the Erie School Board!
  • Stephe Koontz was elected to the Doraville City Council, becoming the first transgender elected official in Georgia!
  • And finally, closer to home, Lisa Middleton became the first transgender candidate elected to a non-judicial office in California!

Despite the media hype and the naysayers, last night was a BIG WIN for Democrats!

It was a shot in the arm that we needed heading into 2018. Locally, as you know, we have some high-profile elections coming up with seats that have been held, and are held, by incumbent Republicans. Coupled with the excitement, buzz, and enthusiasm that Democrats have been showing this year, we could be looking at another historic night less than a year from now.

Finally, reminder that our monthly meeting is next week: Thursday, November 16 at Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest. Social time at 6:30pm, Meeting starts at 7:00pm.

As you can see from our Endorsement Calendar (below), we will be considering endorsements for:

  • San Diego Unified School District C (Friendly Incumbent)
  • Congressional District 49
  • San Diego City Council Districts 2 and 8
  • Chula Vista City Council Districts 1 and 2

Due to our Holiday Party in December, club endorsements will resume in January. We will be taking up endorsement considerations from some of our competitive, non-incumbent statewide campaigns.

In Solidarity.

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
San Diego Democrats for Equality