Marshall had been at odds with LGBT issues and had proposed a state bill in 2015 that would allow anyone who has a license with the state to refuse services to gay people and earlier this year introduced a bill to restrict transgender people's access to public restrooms, CNN local affiliates reported. Marshall is not only anti-LGBTQI in the generalised sense many conservative American politicians are - he is specifically anti-trans. "This is about the people of the 13th District 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 has won several awards from the Virginia Press Association.
What's more? She ousted the previous delegate, Robert G. Marshall, an 11-term self-proclaimed "chief homophobe", who throughout the campaign, misgendered Roem and referred to her using male pronouns.
Roem, who sings in a metal band in her spare time, said she learned to listen to different perspectives and digest complicated policy as a reporter for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times, skills she would bring to bear as a delegate.
During the campaign, Marshall and other Republicans frequently misidentified Roem's gender and put out campaign ads that also attacked her transgender identity. "We shouldn't just be pigeonholed into the idea that we're just going to be fighting about bathrooms".
"We made history tonight", the 33 year-old from Northern Virginia, proudly declared at newly-elected Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's election night party.
Marshall also thanked his supporters in a statement on Facebook after conceding his defeat. Her first move was talking to Senator Mark Warner after her win on Tuesday night, specifically about the traffic lights on Route 28. I never ran away from them.
While cultural issues may have defined national coverage of the race, for numerous voters, casting a vote meant sending a far more mundane message, and Roem's victory is just the prelude to years of grinding through the state bureaucracy.