The 2017 local United States elections welcomed a new and diverse group of candidates. The newly-elected candidates range from colored to transgender, a demographic which typically have not run for office.
New Jersey elected its first Sikh mayor, Ravinder Bhalla. Bhalla, who served on the Hoboken city council for two terms, still won after posters of him with the caption, “Don’t let terrorism take over our town,” were posted.
Danica Roem is the first openly transgender woman to be elected for the Virginia legislative body.
Roem’s opponent, Bob Marshall, “had been elected 13 times over 26 years, for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates,” reports CNN. Marshall created a law the banned transgenders from using the restroom in which identified with their gender identity.
Andrea Jenkins is the first African American and openly transgender woman to win a seat on the Minneapolis City Council.
Jenny Durkan was elected as the first lesbian Seattle mayor. Provo, Utah elected its very first female mayor, Michelle Kaufusi. After 157 years of male mayors, Kaufusi shattered the streak and made history.
Justin Fairfax is the second African American who won the lieutenant governor election.
These are just a few out of the several stories of minorities running for office and are providing a voice for all.