A few months back, we wrote about Indecision guitarist Justin Brannan, who announced that he’d be running for City Council in Brooklyn. In September, he won the primary, allowing him to go on as the Democratic candidate for District 43 in Brooklyn. Last night in Bay Ridge, he won in what bklyner.com called “one of the most closely contested races of this local election season.” In fact, Brannan edged out Republican opponent John Quaglione be just over 900 votes. And while Indecision hasn’t played out in some time, Brannan hasn’t forgotten the hardcore ethos, vowing to “fight like hell for everyone who calls this district home” in his victory speech.
Brannan isn’t the only metalhead to have sought and won political office. In Virginia, Danica Roem, who was running for the House of Delegates, won. It’s notable not only because she’s a fan of metal, but she’s also the first transgender person to win office in Virginia. Like Brannan, Roem spent a decade in a metal band, a thrash band called Cab Ride Home. She’d since gone on to a career in journalism, writing for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times. Interestingly enough, the man she beat out for the seat, Bob Marshall, was the guy that introduced an anti-LGBTQ “bathroom bill” that mirrored North Carolina’s. You can (and should) read Kim Kelly’s excellent article on Noisey about her.