Andrea Jenkins was elected to Minneapolis city council in Ward 8 on November 7, 2017. She had said that through her work she wanted to improve the lives of people in those neighborhoods, according to the Advocate. She ran on a platform of raising the minimum wage and making housing affordable.
Advocates say Jenkins will be the first openly transgender black woman elected to public office in the United States.
"Andrea Jenkins shattered a glass ceiling tonight - becoming the first out trans woman ever elected to the city council of a major USA city".
"It's a long game and we're taking the long view", said Jenkins, who won a four-way race with 73 percent of the vote.
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"Andrea Jenkins shattered a glass ceiling tonight - becoming the first out trans woman ever elected to the city council of a major US city", she said.
Jenkins, 56, said she believes her and Roem's victories are proof numerous nation's communities won't succumb to hatred, bigotry or transphobia - and are willing to fight for social justice and equality for all minority groups. "And it really is a milestone for the LGBTQ community". "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".
Jenkins, a 56-year-old poet and historian who transitioned in her 30s, brings 25 years of public service to the job.
"The two of these folks who won tonight, and the still handful of trans folks still up tonight, that's an incredible thing for the kids who will wake up tomorrow morning knowing tomorrow will be a little better, a little easier, a little cooler to be trans", said Mara Keisling, the founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. "When people try to enact policies that are going to be detrimental to [marginalized] communities, I can be that voice to derail that, to stop that, to resist", Jenkins said in the video. Bob Marshall Tuesday to become the first openly transgender elected official in Virginia.
Lisa Middleton became the first transgender person elected to a non-judicial office in California. "People responded to it, respected it, and that's why people elected me".