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Just Look at All These Candidates Who Made History Last Night

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With Republicans in control of the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives, it can feel easy to despair. But last night, progressives scored dozens of victories in local elections, with marginalized groups making strides in mayorships, city councils, and state legislatures across the country.

These are small victories, but the bigger victories require a pipeline of talent – and based on all these stories, the progressive pipeline is looking amazing.







  • Wilmot J. Collin was elected the mayor of Helena, MT. Collins originally came to the United States as a refugee fleeing civil war in Liberia, and he is the first black mayor elected in the history of the entire state.

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  • With his election to the school board of Erie, PA, Tyler Titus became the first openly trans person elected to public office in Pennsylvania history.


  • Justin Fairfax became Virginia’s second-ever African-American lieutenant governor. He is only the second black candidate ever to win statewide office in Virginia.

  • Danica Roem became Virginia’s first trans state legislator, unseating a man who introduced a transphobic “bathroom bill,” once gladly referred to himself as the state’s “chief homophobe,” and repeatedly misgendered her during the campaign.

  • Kathy Tran became the first Asian-American woman ever elected to the Virginia House of Delegates (the lower body of the state legislature).

  • Both Elizabeth Guzman and Hala Ayala got to make history tonight as the first Latinas elected to the Virginia House of Delegates (the lower house of the state legislature).


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