Last night’s Democratic sweep of the election wasn’t just notable for the obvious rebuke to the Trump administration’s fearmongering and race baiting, it also set some major milestones for minority candidates as well.
Here’s an exhaustive list of the important gains progressives made in last night’s election and when you put it all together, you’ll be stunned at how far we’ve come in the past year.
- 1st black woman elected Mayor of Charlotte, NC (Vi Lyles).
- 1st woman elected Mayor of Manchester, NH (Joyce Craig)
- 1st trans woman elected to public office in NH (Gerri Cannon for Somersworth School Board)
- 1st trans woman of color elected to public office in Minnesota (Andrea Jenkins for Minneapolis city council)
- 1st Sikh man elected Mayor of Hoboken, NJ (Ravi Bhalla)
- 1st out lesbian elected to state legislature in VA (Dawn Adams)
- 1st transgender person elected to non-judicial office in California (Lisa Middleton)
- 1st out lesbian elected Mayor of Seattle, WA (Jenny Durkan)
- 1st Asian-American woman elected to VA House (Kathy Tram)
- Record number of women elected to VA legislature
- 1st trans woman elected to public office in VA and 1st trans person elected to statewide office (Danica Roem for the House of Delegates, defeating co-author of anti-trans bathroom bill)
- 2 Latina women elected to VA House for first time (Elizabeth Guzman and Hala Ayala)
- 2nd black man ever elected to statewide office in VA (Justin Fairfax for Lt Governor)
- Democrats poised to gain control of VA House from Republicans who had a 66-34 majority. The Dems have to flip 17 seats to get to a 51 seat majority and they have already flipped 15 with 4 other races so close they’re going to a recount.
- Democrats have taken control of the WA State Senate, and now have complete control of the West Coast from Mexico to Canada.