The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund declared 2017 "the Year of the Trans Candidate", noting that four transgender candidates won their state and local elections last night (Tuesday, Nov. 7), "with one more possible as results trickle in".
Jenkins won 70 percent of the vote in the city's Eighth Ward, earning the endorsement of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
During her campaign for Minneapolis City Council, Jenkins emphasized that her priorities include affordable housing, raising the minimum wage, treating violence among youths as a public heath issue, and supporting women and minority causes. She argued that Marshall had spent too much of his energy in office tackling social issues like the bathroom bill.
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With Jenkins on the city's southside and Phillipe Cunningham on the north, the political world was stunned by the first pair of openly transgender politicians to serve on a city council in a major American city.
Victories by LGBT candidates and other progressives are being hailed as a repudiation of the right-wing tactics and policies of Donald Trump and his followers, especially in Virginia, where voters elected the first trans person to a state legislature, and Democrats swept all the top offices as well as flipping 14 seats in the House of Delegates formerly held by Republicans to take a one-person majority there. Althea Garrison was elected in MA in 1992, but did not disclose that she was transgender - she was outed as being transgender after she won her race and then did not win reelection.
Jenkins said their victories will "encourage young transgender people to keep on fighting, to keep on living, because we can be active and productive members of our community". Jenkins is also a vocal advocate for the LGBTQIA community and has helped organize the Trans* Equity Summit, an event that focuses on trans rights and access to things like proper healthcare.
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Andrea Jenkins hugs a supporter as she won the Minneapolis Ward 8: Council Member race in Minneapolis on November 7. She is also poet, prose author, and performance artist whose work has received numerous grants. We don't just want a seat at the table, we want to set the table'.
"I love you, I love this community, I love this city". Earlier in the week, she said: "If transgender people are being attacked, you need transgender voices to respond to those attacks".
Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, president and CEO of Victory Fund, declared: "Tonight was about fighting back - an unprecedented number of brilliant trans candidates asking for the votes of tens of thousands of Americans, and getting them". Bob Marshall Tuesday to become the first openly transgender elected official in Virginia.
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