Ralph Northam is Virginia’s next governor; Danica Roem the first openly transgender individual to take state office

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Taking 54 percent of the state’s vote compared to Ed Gillespie’s 45 percent, Democrat Ralph Northam will serve as Virginia’s next governor. The election also resulted in 14 Republican House of Delegates seats (seven of them in Northern Virginia) being turned over to the Democratic party.

Democrat Danica Roem defeated Del. Robert. G. Marshall, potentially making her the first openly transgender individual to take state office. New Hampshire elected a transgender person in 2012, though they did not go on to take office. In the 1990s, Massachusetts elected a transgender individual, though said person was not openly transgender during their campaign.
(The Washington Post)

For four full days leading up to Veterans Day, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial’s 58,318 names will be read aloud by volunteers. One veteran, Charlie Hylton, has traveled from Indiana to take part, as three of his friends are among the list of the fallen.

The Loudoun County Planning Commission is deciding whether or not to approve a 158-acre Silver District West community in Ashburn. The community is projected to house 3,706 homes and host 1,4000 students while also including a nine-acre elementary school, office space taking up 620,000 square feet and retail space occupying 239,5000 square feet.
(Loudoun Times-Mirror)

Warrenton’s Judge Jeffrey Parker said that he will give locals 30 days to re-file their complaint challenging the town’s rezoning of 31-acres along Walker Drive. The rezoning would make way for apartments, shops and restaurants.
(Fauquier Times)

George Mason University will hold their Jazz4Justice event at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. and at the Center for the Arts on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. The event seeks to raise money for scholarships and legal aid.
(Potomac Local)

Arlington’s 22209 zip code has been named the most expensive zip code for Virginia renters by the real estate software company Yardi Matrix. On average, it costs $2,348 to live in 22209, nearly $1,000 over the $1,354 national average.