>> I am transgender, I am a journalist, I am a lifelong Manassas resident, and I have a lot of really good ideas.>> Danica Roem is the Democratic nominee running to be the delegate for the 13th District of Virginia. If she wins, she'll be the first transgender politician to hold office in the state.
She's one of more than 20 transgender people running for office across the country this year and is well aware of the challenge she faces.>> I've protected Virginians for 26 years.>> Her opponent, Republican Bob Marshall, has held the seat for more than 20 years and has no intention of giving it up.
>> I do hope you'll vote for me November 7th. Thank you very much.>> Marshall's team is on the attack, releasing an ad critical of Roem's theatrical behavior in a music clip for her metal band shot five years ago.>> Bad judgment. From a shocking bathroom video to lewd behavior during interviews to promoting transgender education in public school for children as young as five years old.
>> I'm Danica Roem.>> But Roem has ads of her own.>> Because my identity shouldn't be a big deal. Your record is ludicrous, and you record is awful for Virginia.>> But Marshall's record has kept him in office. He's socially conservative, anti-gay marriage, and filed a bill to limit bathroom access for transgender people on the same day Roem launched her candidacy.
He also calls his opponent he rather than she. Roem thinks Marshall is using gender politics to stir up his conservative base while ignoring issues that affect voters directly, like the traffic problems on infamous Route 28.>> Traffic congestion doesn't care what your gender identity is.>> But Marshall says the same about Roem.
In mailers sent out this week, the delegate says Roem is using her gender identity as a campaign issue.>> It shouldn't be revolutionary
have to say, and I'm transgender.>> Roem doesn't care to dwell on her journey to womanhood. She's highlighting her gender identity through advertising, but believes voters care most about getting results in their community.
Her opponent declined numerous requests for an interview.>> I'm Danica Roem, it's time Richmond answered to us.