With Cunningham's win, Minneapolis council will have 2 transgender members

-  ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A second transgender candidate has won a spot on the Minneapolis City Council.
 
Phillipe Cunningham narrowly won a northwestern Minneapolis ward by defeating longtime incumbent and council president Barb Johnson. His victory wasn't announced until Wednesday afternoon, due to the instant-runoff voting system Minneapolis uses.
 
Cunningham is a 29-year-old transgender man. His victory follows one by Andrea Jenkins, a transgender woman who easily won a seat on the City Council Tuesday night.
 
It adds to a banner night for transgender people in public office. Danica Roem became the nation's first openly transgender state lawmaker by winning a Virginia Statehouse seat.
 
Victory Fund, a group that advocated for LGBT candidates, said Jenkins was the nation's first openly transgender woman elected to a major city's governing board. 
 

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