Andrea Jenkins was elected to Minneapolis city council in Ward 8 on Nov. 7, 2017.
Andrea Jenkins won a seat on the Minneapolis City Council, becoming the first openly transgender African American woman ever elected to public office in the U.S.

Jenkins, a former policy aide to two city council members, captured 73% of the votes to win Minneapolis’ Eight Ward over three other candidates Tuesday night.

Jenkins picked up endorsements from the Minneapolis Star Tribune as well as Congressman Keith Ellison while running a campaign emphasizing affordable housing, raising the minimum wage and fair policing.

“As an African American trans-identified woman, I know firsthand the feeling of being marginalized, left out, thrown under the bus. Those days are over. We don’t just want a seat at the table, we want to set the table,” Jenkins said in her victory speech, according to KMSP.

Democrat Ralph Northam elected governor of Virginia

Jenkins ran a campaign emphasizing affordable housing, raising the minimum wage and fair policing.

Jenkins ran a campaign emphasizing affordable housing, raising the minimum wage and fair policing.

(ANDREA JENKINS FOR WARD 8 VIA FA)

Jenkins, who is also an award-winning poet, writer, and performance artist, makes history alongside Danica Roem, a transgender woman who won a seat in Virginia’s legislature.

Roem has become the first openly transgender person to serve in the House of Delegates after defeating Republican incumbent Del. Bob Marshall.

Source: nydailynews

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