Most of the election news on Tuesday focused on the races for governor in Virginia and New Jersey, but there were a lot of interesting results around the country that you may have missed.
Below is a round-up of some other buzzworthy results:
- A New Jersey politician who mocked the national women’s march earlier in the year lost his reelection to a 32-year-old woman. During the march in January, Republican John Carman shared a meme on Facebook asking whether the protest would be “over in time for them to cook dinner.” Democrat Ashley Bennett was angry about his comments and decided to run against him — and won. The story.
- A transgender woman, Danica Roem, beat a Virginia House of Delegates incumbent — one of the state’s most conservative lawmakers — who introduced a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender individuals. Roem is set to become the first openly transgender person to serve in a state legislature. She’s a former reporter who sings in a metal band in her spare time.The story.
- A transgender man won a seat on the Erie School Board, making him the first openly transgender person to win elected office in Pennsylvania. The story.
- Emerson College grad Chris Hurst — whose girlfriend, TV reporter Alison Parker, was killed in 2015 when a gunman opened fire during a live report — beat an incumbent with an “A” grade from the NRA to win a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. The story.
- A civil rights lawyer who sued the police department just became the top prosecutor in Philadelphia. Larry Krasner, a Democrat, defeated his opponent, Beth Grossman, a career local prosecutor and a longtime Democrat who switched parties to run against Krasner as a Republican. As a private lawyer, Krasner sued the Philadelphia Police Department 75 times, repeatedly accusing its officers of lying and using excessive force. The story.
- Manchester, N.H., elected its first female mayor, ousting a four-term incumbent. Former Manchester Alderman Joyce Craig, a Democrat, beat Republican Mayor Ted Gatsas in the race to lead the city, drawing praise from senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan. The story.
- A former Liberian refugee is set to become the first African American mayor in Montana history. The story.
- In Virginia, 14 state house seats flipped from Republican to Democrat, making it the biggest Democratic pick up in that commonwealth since 1899. The story.
- The most important legislative seat on the ballot yesterday was a state senate contest in Washington state. The Democrat won, meaning that now Democrats control the governor’s office, and the House and Senate. Before the election, Republicans controlled the Senate by a seat. The story.
- St. Paul, Minnesota, elected its first African-American mayor. The story.
- Seattle elected its first lesbian mayor. (She’s also the first female mayor since the 1920s). The story.
- Hoboken, N.J., elected its first Sikh mayor. The story.
- Charlotte, N.C. elected its first African-American female mayor. The story.
- Topeka, Kansas elected its first Latina mayor. The story.
- A 93-year-old World War II veteran defeated an incumbent mayor in Titon Falls, N.J. The story.
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