Out with the old, in with the new. Just one year after President Trump won the presidency, a number of Democratic officials won their seats in the off-year elections. History was made on Tuesday night, and a few Latinas had a big hand in the change.
Thousands of Democrats showed up for their party on Tuesday, which put Hala Ayala, Elizabeth Guzman, and Cathy Murillo into important positions in office.
Both Ayala and Guzman will be the first Latinas to serve in Virginia's General Assembly.
Ayala was a former cybersecurity employee for the Department of Homeland Security. She led with 52.99% of the vote against four-term candidate Rich Anderson.
“I am so honored for the privilege to represent House District 51,” Ayala wrote in a statement. “I am humbled by the faith that my future constituents have placed in my candidacy and our message. I built my campaign on the promise of fair and equal representation of our community, in all of its wonderful diversity."
Guzman, on the other hand, led with 53.6% of the vote.
Her campaign was very much focused on giving a voice to the voiceless, or as she described, the "thousands of people across my district and millions more across my state who feel like their diversity is not represented in Richmond."
On the West Coast, Cathy Murillo became the first Latina mayor of Santa Barbara, California.
Murillo previously worked as a Santa Barbara City Council member. According to her, her success is simply "a positive campaign" with a "positive result."
The Latinas weren't the only one who won big – other minority women made history across the country, too. First, Danica Roem became Virgina's first ever openly transgender elected lawmaker.
Meanwhile, Andrea Jenkins became the first transgender person elected to the Minneapolis City of Council and the first transgender person of color elected to any office in the country.
And Vi Lyes became the first African-American woman ever to be elected mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Congrats to all the elected officials on their victories!