The country’s first openly transgender state legislator was in Vermont Thursday, campaigning alongside gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist.
Danica Roem was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates last fall.
“I really like the idea of making sure people who have been historically disenfranchised from being a part of the process in the first place have a chance to represent the people who they feel compelled to serve,” said Roem, D- Virginia 13th District.
The pair spent time Thursday afternoon door-knocking in Burlington’s Old North End.
Roem is hoping the visit helps Hallquist leave her own mark on history as she would be the country’s first transgender governor.
Roem said, “If your trans-person, if your LGBTQ or just whatever your inherent identifiers are… If you are well-qualified to serve and you have got a lot of good ideas then bring those ideas to the table because this is your America too.”
Roem says Hallquist meets the criteria of understanding hyper-local issues… Having been an engineer, physicist and leader of an electric co-op.
“As Danica showed us last fall, when we come together on the side of what is just, nothing is impossible,” said Hallquist during a fundraising event Thursday.
Roem said she looks forward to a trip back to Vermont with Hallquist as its leader, “A day-trip up to Vermont, sure but you know my heart and life is back in the 13th District.”
Hallquist is competing for the democratic nomination in an August primary.
Others vying for the spot include Lake Champlain International Executive Director James Ehlers, a mom from Newfane in Brenda Siegel and 14 year-old Ethan Sonneborn.