Victory Fund offers national spotlight endorsement to Danica Roem

Monday April 24, 2017

“Victory Fund is thrilled to endorse Danica Roem for the 13th District of the Virginia House of Delegates.  We are particularly impressed by Danica’s laser-like focus on lo cal issues:  fixing Route 28, bringing high-paying jobs to Innovation Park, filling office vacancies in Manassas Park and raising teacher pay in Prince William County and Manassas Park so it’s not the lowest in Northern Virginia.
As a lifelong Manassas resident, she’s committed to improving transportation in her area free of discrimination. As a former local newspaper reporter, Danica’s held politicians and powerful companies accountable while serving the people of western Prince William County, a skill set that will serve her well in the General Assembly. And as the first transgender person to run for the state legislature, she believes in making Virginia a more inclusive commonwealth for everyone, no matter where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love.
Her commitment to improving the quality of life in Northern Virginia, her in-depth knowledge of public policy and her tireless work ethic make Danica the best choice to finally defeat Del. Bob Marshall this fall. By winning the Democratic primary June 13 and unseating Del. Marshall on Novemeber 7, Danica will become a vital LGBTQ voice in the state legislature – especially as the first out transgender person ever to be seated in a state legislature.

We have a groundbreaking opportunity to make Danica Roem the first state legislator to win as an out trans candidate – and we are determined to help her to a primary victory this June. Currently there is zero trans representation in any state legislature, making it easy for extremist politicians to push forward the flood of anti-trans bills we’ve seen across the country. Representation is power, so a win for Danica is a critical first step to electing more trans people who can be a voice for the community and fight back against anti-equality efforts.”  -Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, President & CEO at Victory Fund


Progressive Change Campaign Committee Endorses Danica Roem for Delegate

Tuesday, April 18, 2017:

Today, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) is proudly announcing its endorsement of 6 bold progressives running in key state-level races in Virginia: Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor, Danica Roem (VA-HD13), Chris Hurst (VA-HD12), Elizabeth Guzman (VA-HD31), Jennifer Carroll Foy (VA-HD02), and Schuyler VanValkenburg (VA-HD72). The PCCC is making a major investment in state races in 2017 as part of our 2020 project to flip state legislatures blue and build on the surge of grassroots enthusiasm seen across the country, especially in districts like KS-04 and GA-06.
PCCC Virginia Political Coordinator Teddy Smyth will be coordinating directly with campaigns on the ground -- mobilizing our members in their districts and training volunteers for the candidates’ field programs. The PCCC will launch a fundraising campaign on behalf of the 6 candidates this week.
Stephanie Taylor, co-founder of the PCCC said: “These six bold progressives represent the diverse future of the Democratic Party, and their election would be a clear rebuke of Trump’s’ radical, anti-worker agenda. In every decision since assuming office, Trump has sided with big corporations over working families -- betraying his own voters and creating a environment where Democrats can win in conservative and swing districts across the country. The PCCC is proud to be endorsing Justin, Danica, Chris, Elizabeth, Jennifer and Schuyler for office and thousands of PCCC members are fired up to donate and volunteer.”
Danica Roem (VA-HD13) is a step-mom, lifelong Manassas resident and longtime local newspaper reporter who is the first transgender woman to run for the Virginia General Assembly. She’s running against Del. Bob Marshall (R-13), author of this year's "bathroom bill" and the 2006 constitutional ban on marriage equality, whose own party killed 27 of his 30 bills this year. Danica's policy priorities focus on transportation, economic development and education.
STATEMENT FROM DANICA ROEM: “It’s wonderful to receive the endorsement of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a great organization that has relentlessly pushed the Democratic Party forward in a bold, progressive direction. With the PCCC’s partnership, I will fight for a fairer future for working families in Prince William County, Manassas Park and the Commonwealth of Virginia. And we can accomplish that while working to make Virginia a more inclusive commonwealth for everyone, no matter what you look like, where you come from, how you worship or who you love.”

We noticed how Danica and her team not only work hard for her but for others in her district. They knocked over 1,000 doors to help Jacqueline Smith win the special election for Clerk of the Circuit Court, the first Democrat in decades to win the seat and the first Democratic woman to win a countywide seat in Prince William County since the 1990s.

We are proud of Danica for being the first transgender woman to run for the Virginia General Assembly, for working so hard to elect other Democratic women and for setting a positive example for women throughout the commonwealth, no matter what they look like, where they come from, how they worship or who they love." -Julie N. Jakopic, Chair of Virgina's List




Elected School Board members endorse Danica Roem for Delegate

Prince William County School Board member Loree Williams and Fairfax County School Board members Dalia Palchik and Pat Hynes back Danica in June 13 Democratic primary

May 4, 2017


MANASSAS – On May 4, three elected School Board members in Northern Virginia endorsed Danica Roem’s candidacy for the 13th District of the Virginia House of Delegates, including Prince William County School Board member Loree Williams (Woodbridge) and Fairfax County School Board members Dalia Palchik (Providence) and Pat Hynes (Hunter Mill).

Danica is competing in the June 13 Democratic primary in order to face Del. Bob Marshall (R-13) Nov. 7. Danica twice rebutted Del. Marshall’s speeches in front of the Prince William County School Board in 2016 after working earlier that year to help successfully defeat two of his anti-LGBTQ bills in the House of Delegates.

“While we have a lot of challenges in Prince William County, Danica recognized our successes as well as difficulties as a journalist,” said Prince William County School Board member Loree Williams. “Her years as a local reporter covering education policy influenced her priorities in this campaign. That’s why she is focused on raising teacher pay in Prince William County and Manassas Park so it's not the lowest in Northern Virginia and easing overcrowding throughout Prince William County.

“Danica also knows that if we want to recruit and retain the best teachers, we have to pay them a competitive salary and can’t discriminate against them or the students they teach. Before the School Board debated updating the nondiscrimination policy in 2016, Danica talked one-on-one with six of the members of the School Board and provided packets of research to us she spent hours putting together before addressing the School Board four times in person.

“We need state legislators who are willing to be active and work together with local elected officials so we can focus together on improving the quality of our students' education. Danica wants to be a good partner with the local governing bodies in Prince William County and Manassas Park and that’s why I support her.”

Two years after Del. Marshall left the 13th District to tell the Fairfax County School Board why they should not protect LGBTQ students and faculty from discrimination, Fairfax County School Board members Dalia Palchik and Pat Hynes joined 22 other volunteers to knock on doors with Danica during her campaign’s first mass canvassing event in Manassas.

“I’m proud today to endorse my friend Danica Roem for the 13th District of the House of Delegates,” said Fairfax County School Board member Dalia Palchik. “She is running against a right-wing Republican incumbent, Del. Bob Marshall. As a teacher and Latina who grew up in a changing Northern Virginia, I ran my 2015 campaign on an inclusive message about embracing diversity and inclusiveness in our schools, bringing educational innovation, and making sure our children have the best chance to thrive.

“I have seen Danica’s passion for civil rights when she testified in front of the Prince William County School Board and refuted Del. Marshall’s discriminatory testimony. Del. Marshall left his county to do so in front of the Fairfax County School Board – ignoring his own constituents to stand with a right-wing hate group. I encourage you to join me in volunteering for Danica and

support her campaign to deliver results for our students, teachers and faculty throughout Virginia.”

"I don't usually weigh in on campaigns outside Fairfax County, but Virginia's public schools desperately need champions right now in the General Assembly,” said Fairfax County School Board member Pat Hynes. “Danica knows her community very well - she grew up there and has served as a journalist covering local news. As Delegate, she will focus on what her constituents - and all Virginians - need, including excellent public schools for all kids.

Danica covered the Prince William County education system from 2006-2015 as the lead reporter for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Time. She wrote about every public high school in Prince William County as well as Manassas Park and Manassas, and extensively covered the effects overcrowding has on students’ abilities to learn and teachers’ abilities to have reasonable workloads.

Her education platform includes raising teacher pay in Prince William County and Manassas Park so it’s not the lowest in Northern Virginia. That’s why she supports expanding commercial development at Innovation Park in Manassas and filling office vacancies in Manassas Park so the localities can diversify their tax bases. That will ease the burden of taxes off of homeowners and bring in more revenue for the Board of County Supervisors to share with the School Board so they can work together to alleviate overcrowding and raise teacher pay.



Matt Rowe
2016 Congressional Candidate [CD-1] endorses Danica Roem in 13th District

May 1st, 2017

"I'm excited to endorse Danica Roem’s candidacy for the House of Delegates. She brings together two things I sincerely admire in a candidate: a commitment to improving the day-to-day lives for folks in her community and a strong work ethic. Danica has focused on improving quality-of-life issues such as commute times, employment opportunities, and education. She’s a champion for equality and believes everyone should be welcome in Virginia no matter what they look like, where they come from, how they worship, or who they love. Last year, I ran as the Democratic nominee for the 1st Congressional District, which overlaps portions of the 13th District of the House of Delegates. I know what it's like to run a tough campaign in western Prince William County against the odds. In fact, Danica and her team led Jacqueline Smith's field program in the 13th District during her successful run for Clerk of the Court this past April. It is this kind of retail politics that will help elect the good leaders we need to represent us. More than ever, we need leaders here in Virginia willing to work hard and to have our backs when the president and a majority of Congress will not. On May 4th, Congressman Rob Wittman voted to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, less than a month after Delegate Bob Marshall voted against extending vital Medicaid coverage to 3,700 residents of the 13th District. We deserve better from our elected officials. Danica believes health care is a right and not a privilege, and that we need to make this a top priority next year in Richmond. She’s working hard to win: wearing down the soles of her shoes from the countless doors she’s knocked during the last four months. Her dedication and commitment will serve the people of the 13th District well in Richmond. I'm proud to support her and I encourage the people of western Prince William who voted for me last year to vote for her on June 13 in the democratic primary." - Matt Rowe

Genthner endorses Roem in 13th District

Endorsement by Indivisible AZ CD 02 leader marks second by a former 13th District Democratic nominee


March 22, 2017

MANASSAS – Air Force veteran, retired defense contractor and Indivisible AZ 02 founder Carl Genthner today endorsed Danica Roem for the 13th District of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Genthner, a former Heritage Hunt resident, ran for the 13th District as the Democratic nominee in 2011, the first election after the most recent redistricting session that set the lines for the current district.

His endorsement marks the second one issued by any of Del. Bob Marshall’s (R-13) previous Democratic challengers, following a March 20 endorsement by 2005 and 2007 nominee Bruce Roemmelt.


Genthner released the following endorsement:

“I am impressed with Danica's knowledge of the issues most important to residents of the 13th District and Prince William County.

Her commitment to finding solutions to the problems long plaguing the area, and too long ignored by Bob Marshall, convinced me she is the best candidate to represent the district's hard-working men and women."


Danica Roem released the following statement about Carl Genthner’s endorsement:

“I'm honored to have earned Carl Genthner's endorsement. I interviewed him twice while I worked for the Gainesville Times in 2011.

He’s a smart-growth advocate who supports linking land use with transportation and he’s organizing for change now in Arizona with Indivisible. I’m thankful for his support.”




Roemmelt backs Roem for 13th District

Endorsement marks first issued by any former 13th District Democratic nominee

March 21, 2017

MANASSAS – Educator, Navy veteran and former Prince William County firefighter Bruce Roemmelt, EdD, today endorsed Danica Roem for the 13th District of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Roemmelt ran for the 13th District as the Democratic nominee in 2005 and 2007 and released the following endorsement, the first issued by any of Del. Bob Marshall’s (R-13) previous challengers:

“I'm proud today to endorse Danica Roem in the Democratic primary for the 13th District of the House of Delegates, a seat I ran for as the Democratic nominee in 2005 and 2007.

As an educator, Navy veteran and former firefighter, it's important to me that Danica has committed to take care of those who serve abroad and at home. It’s also important to me that she can defeat Del. Marshall on policy and at the ballot box Nov. 7.

I met Danica at a rally for Tim Kaine in Woodbridge during the summer of 2005 when she was a freelance reporter at home on break from college. By that point, I had knocked on thousands of doors and told her, "If you’re not going to work hard to get votes, then you’re not going to work hard when you’re in office."

Danica works hard.

Not only did her campaign turn in more than 500 petition signatures to qualify for the ballot last week but no reporter was better prepared and a tougher interviewer than she was for nine years at the Gainesville Times.

As someone who served as the Prince William County Democratic Committee chairman and ran twice for this seat when it was much more Republican, I also know the political reality of the district and I know Danica is uniquely qualified to win. She is a lifelong Manassas resident and a longtime local journalist who covered the district she wants to represent and knows Del. Marshall’s record inside and out.

Delegate Marshall knows it too or he wouldn't be responding to her multiple times in the press or sending out taxpayer-funded letters to constituents trying to pass the buck for not fixing Route 28 after 25 years of backups on his watch.

Just like I said to Danica 12 years ago, the citizens of the 13th District deserve to be appropriately and profoundly well-represented by a delegate down in Richmond, not what they've had out of Del. Marshall.

I put a premium on candidates doing their due diligence and I have seen first-hand that Danica does her homework. I'm proud to call Danica a friend and I'll be even prouder when she earns the title of Delegate-elect this November so the people of the 13th District finally have a delegate who focuses on transportation, not discrimination.”


Danica Roem released the following statement about Bruce Roemmelt’s endorsement:

“I’m grateful for Bruce Roemmelt’s service to his country, community and party as well as his support in this race. Bruce was the first candidate for delegate I ever voted for in 2005 (as well as the second in 2007) and I’m honored to have his endorsement."