Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Mpls. elects first openly trans African American woman to city council

Mpls. elects first openly trans African American woman to city council

Victory Fund made Andrea a 2017 spotlight candidate, and raised more than $4,000 for her throughout the election cycle.

She won 73 percent of the first-choice votes.

Jenkins, a Democrat, previously served as a policy aide to Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden. She says she was afraid that racism and transphobia would work against her, "and my community absolutely proved me wrong".

During the campaign, she said her priorities include developing affordable housing, raising the minimum wage, addressing youth violence as a matter of public health, and supporting minority artists. Roem, 33, is now also set to make history as the first openly transgender person to be elected and seated in a state legislature.

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Her historic win was secured with 30 percent of the vote and makes her the first openly transgender candidate elected to a non-judicial office in the state's history. 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. She defeated transphobic Republican incumbent Bob Marshall for a spot in the House of Delegates.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune confirmed her victory.

In her Oscar-worthy acceptance speech, Jenkins said: "As an African-American trans-identified woman, I know firsthand the feeling of being marginalized, left out, thrown under the bus".

Jenkins, who has been elected to the Minneapolis City Council, became the second openly transgender candidate to win a race Tuesday night. "I really want to get a hold on economic developments strategy that employs northsiders; when people are employed, we can figure out the other issues in north Minneapolis".

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

'I'm really, really deeply proud of my community'. During yesterday's elections across the USA three of them won their races in what's being called a stunning rebuke to Trump's divisive politics.

As her bio for the elections on her campaign website notes, Jenkins has an experience of 25 years in public service. However, she also a transgender activist and curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota, where she's interviewed nearly 200 people about their experiences as transgender and gender nonconforming people.

Tyler Titus is the first openly trans person ever elected in Pennsylvania.

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Lisa Middleton became the first transgender person elected to a non-judicial office in California.

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