Marshall also penned Virginia's so-called bathroom bill, which would have made it unlawful for trans folk to use whichever bathroom they wanted to use. She also argued that Marshall had spent too much of his energy during his term tackling social issues. "This is about the people of the 13thDistrict disregarding fear tactics, disregarding phobias. where we celebrate you because of who you are, not despite it".
Marshall made Roem's gender identity a source of attacks in the campaign too, repeatedly using male pronouns to refer to Roem and sending out an attack ad on a flyer based exclusively around Roem being trans.
"She's never had menstrual cramps, and she's never had a baby, and she never will be able to", said Carol Fox, a community activist in the Heritage Hunt section of Prince William, where Roem campaigned repeatedly.
She beat Bob Marshall, who had served in Virginia's House of Delegates since 1992.
"For 26 years I've been proud to fight for you, and fight for our future", he said. "We shouldn't just be pigeonholed into the idea that we're just going to be fighting about bathrooms".
When asked about Marshall after her victory, Roem said that "I don't attack my constituents".
Roem will be the first transgender member of the House of Delegates and will become the first out transgender person to win and serve in a state legislature, according to the Victory Fund, a political action committee that works to get openly LGBTQ people elected and has supported Roem.
"Discrimination is a disqualifier", Roem said Tuesday night after her victory, the Post reports.
"Just because I sing in a heavy metal band while spinning my head in circles and getting paid to do it, why can't I run for government?" Her first move was talking to Senator Mark Warner after her win on Tuesday night, specifically about the traffic lights on Route 28.
In an interview with Mother Jones, Roem said voters in the increasingly suburban Northern Virginia district did not care about her gender but were more concerned about whether she would fix the road.
One pf the biggest reasons Roem ran is what some commuters describe as a awful commute along Route 28.