Danica Roem

Virginia State House District 13

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Danica Roem is a journalist and community leader running for Virginia’s House of Delegates District 13. Born and raised in Manassas, Danica is the first transgender woman to ever win the Democratic nomination to the House of Delegates, and would be the first trangender leader to serve in the legislature. She’s running on a progressive platform around investing in good local jobs, infrastructure, public transportation, and quality schools, and taking on an entrenched radical rightwing Republican in a competitive, closely watched Northern Virginia race.

Danica began her career as a reporter for the Gainesville Times and later the Prince William Times, where she covered games at every public high school in the county. She saw the best in people tackling poverty and homelessness and the worst in people killing each other. She wrote stories about schools, business, development, and, of course, transportation. Lots and lots and lots of transportation: Bi-County Parkway. Tri-County Parkway. Sudley Manor. Vint Hill. Linton Hall. That little bridge in Nokesville (Aden Road). VRE. 15. 28. 29. 55. 66. 234.

In these roles, and later, as the news editor of the Montgomery County Sentinel in Rockville, MD, she came to learn to listen deeply to what people were saying and understand their reasoning, and she’ll bring that deep accountability and commitment to transparency and inclusion to Richmond.

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