Andrea Jenkins is the first openly transgender person to win council seat in a major city

Andrea Jenkins won the Ward 8 Minneapolis City Council seat Tuesday.

Andrea Jenkins has won a seat on the Minneapolis City Council. 

Jenkins will be the next city council member for Ward 8 in south Minneapolis after taking more than 73 percent of first choice votes in Tuesday's ranked-choice voting election. 

Her win is quite historic. She's the first transgender person to win a city council seat in a major city. 

Jenkins, who succeeds Elizabeth Glidden in Ward 8, says she plans to focus on affordable housing, public safety, police accountability, and economic development once she's in office, MPR News reports

And Jenkins wasn't the only openly transgender candidate to win a race Tuesday night. The Hill says Virginia House of Delegates candidate Danica Roem defeated incumbent Republican Robert Marshall to become the first openly transgender person in a state legislature.

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