September 4, 2018 at 3:48 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Va. newspaper honors Danica Roem

Danica Roem, gay news, Washington Blade

Virginia state Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas) was sworn in on Jan. 10, 2018. She is the first openly transgender person ever seated in a state legislature in the U.S. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The readers of a Virginia newspaper has named a former reporter as their “Best Local Politician.”

State Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas) was a reporter for the Prince William Times and the Gainesville Times from 2006-2015.

She was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2017. Roem is the first openly transgender person seated in any state legislature in the U.S.

“I dedicated nine years, two months and two weeks to serving the readers of the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times as their local reporter from 2006 to 2015,” said Roem in a statement she released after the Prince William Times made the announcement on Aug. 29. “I’ve continued serving them as their state delegate representing the 13th District of the Virginia House of Delegates. The people of western Prince William County know who I am, know my values and know my platform is focused on constituent service, which is why I’m humbled to be honored by them as their choice for ‘Best Local Politician’ in the Prince William Times 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards.”

Roem in her statement added “the message I hope the readers of the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times send locally is the best way to serve the people is through inclusive leadership that unites our community. That is leadership focused on constituent service, improving our quality of life and remembering that as elected officials, we serve our constituents regardless of their inherent identifiers.”

“To me, the best way I can do that is by focusing on the universal issues my constituents face: traffic, jobs, schools, health care, land use, infrastructure, the environment and equality,” she said. “That’s why every bill I introduced to the House of Delegates this year as the chief patron came as a result of either constituent service requests or the government accountability platform I promised the people I would deliver for them when I told them I would bring a reporter’s eye to Richmond.”

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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