Rosemary Ketchum makes history with election win in West Virginia

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An openly transgender woman has made history in West Virginia with her election to city council. She says she’s proud of her state for bucking the stigma.

Rosemary Ketchum, 26, was elected Wednesday to represent Ward 3 on the Wheeling City Council in West Virginia. She is the first transgender woman to be elected into office in the state and one of only 27 in the whole country.

Ketchum campaigned for the seat for a year, pushing for the city to tackle homelessness and vacant properties. She beat out three other candidates.

“To make criticisms about the promises I’ve made or the positions that I hold, that’s fair game. But talking about a person’s identity is incredibly vulnerable, and I don’t think we have a space for that,” Ketchum said…


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