Danica Roem, journalist-turned-Virginia-delegate candidate, has seen more success on the campaign trail after out-fundraising the incumbent delegate.In June, Danica Roem made history when she became the first openly transgender woman to run as a major party candidate in the Virginia House of Delegates. Roem beat out three other Democratic candidates and was one of seven openly LGBTQ individuals to run in 2017 elections. In the 13th House District, Roem won the four-way primary, leaving her to face off against Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Manassas), a notorious opponent of LGBTQ advocates and a primary sponsor of Virginia’s “bathroom bill.” In addition to running on a strong pro-LGBTQ platform, Roem also plans to tackle some more hyper-local political issues, including transportation and a campaign to Fix Route 28. [caption id="attachment_2308" align="aligncenter" width="481"] Fix Route 28[/caption] After winning the primary, Roem's campaign has continued to be successful. This week, it became apparent that Roem had out-fundraised incumbent Bob Marshall by more than $80,000. According to the campaign finance report released by the Virginia Department of Elections, between June 2 and June 30, Friends of Danica Roem raised $85,636 in contributions, with a final balance of $72,223. Contrastingly, between June 2 and June 30, the campaign team for incumbent Bob Marshall had raised $4,585, leaving them with a final balance of $81,541. According to the full report on June 2-30 numbers, Roem has received a number of large donations from out-of-state donors; Chris Abele, county executive of Milwaukee and chairman of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, donated a total of $35,000 to Roem's campaign. Flippable, the New York political consulting firm that has targeted Virginia as a place to win more Democratic seats, donated $10,000.
In addition to these large donations from out-of-state sources, out of 1,028 donations, approximately 81 came from within Virginia, varying anywhere from $25 to $1,000. A glance at Marshall's report shows that his campaign received a total of 27 donations, mostly from within and around the district that he has held since 1992. Of the 14 direct cash contributions to Marshall's campaign, seven of the donors are retired.