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The Democrat raised more money than her Republican opponent.
The Virginia native raised $500,000, according to The Washington Post. Many of the donations came from LGBT advocates and supporters. While District 13 only has 52,471 registered voters, she reportedly knocked on doors more than 75,000 times. Marshall's campaign said staffers knocked on voters' doors about 49,000 times.
She began her physical transformation about four years ago.
The 33-year-old started her transgender transition in 2013. She began hormone replacement therapy and later changed her name from “Dan” to “Danica."
Roem was an award-winning newspaper reporter.
She graduated from St. Bonaventure University in New York with a degree in journalism. For nine years, she worked for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times as a reporter and editor. During her stint as a journalist, she was awarded by the Virginia Press Association seven times.
She plays in a metal band in her spare time.
Roem sings in a metal band called Cab Ride Home. She's the lead vocalist of the five-member ensemble, and they have performed more than 100 shows, including in the U.K., according to their website.