'Year of the Trans Candidate'

Andrea Jenkins

"My election is what resistance looks like", Jenkins said in a statement Tuesday night.

Jenkins won about 73 percent of the vote in Minneapolis's Eighth Ward, where she is known for addressing youth violence and improving the south-central ward's neighborhoods.

Andrea Jenkins was elected to Minneapolis city council in Ward 8 on November 7, 2017. The paper said she was highly qualified, the Advocate reported, and well-prepared to take on her new role on the council.

Jenkins focused on police reform, affordable housing, and raising the minimum wage.

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Vicroty Fund president and CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills released this statement: "Andrea Jenkins shattered a glass ceiling tonight - becoming the first out trans woman ever elected to the city council of a major USA city". Althea Garrison was elected in MA in 1992, but did not disclose that she was transgender - she was outed as being transgender after she won her race and then did not win reelection. What makes her victory so sweet is that she beat out 13-term Republican incumbent who proudly refers to himself as "chief homophobe". In an interview with The Washington Post, Jenkins talked about her pivotal victory as a black trans woman.

Andrea Jenkins is now the first openly trans woman of color elected to the city council of a major USA city.

Jenkins, 56, said she believes her and Roem's victories are proof numerous nation's communities won't succumb to hatred, bigotry or transphobia - and are willing to fight for social justice and equality for all minority groups. She won a 2011 Bush Fellowship to work on transgender issues, and now curates the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota. "The disparities are present in health care, home ownership, employment, incarceration rates, [and] all of these issues are present on a national level, but really significant in Minneapolis, and I want to be a part of changing that paradigm". "I really want to get a hold on economic developments strategy that employs northsiders; when people are employed, we can figure out the other issues in north Minneapolis".

Jenkins has been a long-time trans activist and has worked in the public service for 30 years.

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Andrea Jenkins this week became the first trans person of colour elected to any office in the USA, and people are overjoyed.

Two trans women won elections tonight.

"Having transgender people elected in public office means we'll be able to make policies and direct conversations in ways that can ensure equity and fairness and justice for transgender people", she said.

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