You’re not a list person? I’m a list-lover, but if you’re not, this one might win you over. I’ve been working on it for a week and a day. I just needed to see all this information crammed together in one place, and it bathes me in a warm glow every time I read it. Here, try:
An incomplete list of November 7, 2017 US Off-Year Election Results:
VIRGINIA: Governor: Democrat Ralph Northram; Lieutenant Governor: Democrat Justin Fairfax, person of color; Attorney General: Democrat Mark Herring; House of Delegates – Democratic non-incumbent victories: Jennifer Foy, POC, a public defender and former foster mother who gave birth to premature twins during her campaign; Danica Roem, the first openly transgender person to serve in the Virginia legislature; Elizabeth Guzman, POC, an immigrant from Peru; Hala Ayala, POC, a single mom and daughter of an El-Salvadoran immigrant; Kathy Tran, POC, who was a baby when she and her parents fled Vietnam in a boat; Kelly Fowler, POC, a former schoolteacher and real estate agent, granddaughter of immigrants from the Philippines; Wendy Gooditis, former teacher and real estate agent, one of scores of first-timers drawn to the 2017 state races; Lee Carter, a Navy veteran and self-described Democratic socialist; Dawn Adams, a nurse practitioner, health policy expert, and the first out lesbian in the Virginia House; Debra Rodman, an associate professor of anthropology and women’s studies; Cheryl Turpin, a high school science teacher
NEW JERSEY: Governor: Democrat Phil Murphy; Lieutenant Governor: Democrat Sheila Oliver, POC, New Jersey’s first black lieutenant governor; Seat on Atlantic County Board: Democrat Ashley Bennett, POC, a first-time candidate and hospital employee who ran in response to a legislator’s sexist Facebook post; Seat on Burlington County Freeholder Board: Democrat Balvir Singh, POC, a high school math teacher and the first Sikh to hold a seat; Mayor of Hoboken: Democrat Ravi Bhalla, POC, New Jersey’s first Sikh mayor
MAINE: Statewide Ballot Referendum: Yes to expand access to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act – the first state in the nation to settle the issue by referendum, and one of 19 states whose Republican governors or legislators have refused to expand Medicaid
FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA: Mayor of Helena, Montana: Wilmot Collins, POC, a Liberian refugee and the first black mayor in Montana’s history; Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina: Democrat Vi Lyles, POC, Charlotte’s first black, female mayor; Mayor of Seattle, Washington: Democrat Jenny Durkan, out lesbian and Seattle’s first female mayor since the 1920’s; Mayor of Topeka, Kansas: Democrat Michelle De La Isla, POC, Topeka’s second female mayor and first Hispanic mayor
SCATTERSHOT, AND SO FAR DOWN-BALLOT YOU HAVE TO SQUINT (where it matters): Seat on the City Council, Minneapolis, Minnesota: Andrea Jenkens, POC, a black, transgender activist; Seat on Corning, NY Town Council: Democrat Jen Mullen, the first Democrat elected to the Town of Corning Board in 16 years; Nashua, New Hampshire Alderwoman at Large: Shoshanna Kelly, POC, one of seven women voted to the Nashua Board of Aldermen; New Hope Borough, Pennsylvania Tax Collector: Democrat Liz Miles, POC, Women’s Marcher and the first person of color to hold office in her town; Seat on Local Board of Education, Enfield, Connecticut: Sarah Selvaggi Hernandez, openly autistic and determined to be heard in the political process.
I’m gonna print this out now and tuck it under my pillow. It’s funny how an off-year can feel so on. And though I’ve pretty much dismissed Donald Trump’s ability to deliver America’s promised greatness, perhaps I should reconsider that view. #MAGA, my man!