5 inspiring election victories

PHOTO: Ravi Bhalla, the first Sikh elected mayor in New Jersey, in Hoboken, N.J. | Danica Roem is pictured in Gainesville, Virginia. | Democrat Chris Hurst defeated Republican incumbent Joseph Yost to win House District 12.PlayThe New York Times/Redux | Reuters | AP
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Here's a rundown of some of the interesting stories of the big winners.

Wilmot Collins, the first black mayor of Helena, Montana

PHOTO: In a Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 file photo, Wilmot Collins, newly elected Helena, Mont. mayor, speaks with the press in his home.Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP
In a Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 file photo, Wilmot Collins, newly elected Helena, Mont. mayor, speaks with the press in his home.

When he arrived in Helena, Montana in February 1994, Collins was wearing layer upon layer of clothing, anticipating the freezing cold temperatures. What he was a little less prepared for was being the only black man in a majority-white community. A Liberian refugee, Collins noticed no one else in this rocky city looked like him.

Read more about his story here.

Ravi Bhalla, the first Sikh mayor in New Jersey

PHOTO: Ravi Bhalla, the first Sikh elected mayor in New Jersey, and one of only a few Sikhs to become mayor nationwide, in Hoboken, N.J., Nov. 8, 2017.Bryan Anselm/The New York Times
Ravi Bhalla, the first Sikh elected mayor in New Jersey, and one of only a few Sikhs to become mayor nationwide, in Hoboken, N.J., Nov. 8, 2017.

"I think this victory represents the American dream," Bhalla said. "My father came here as an immigrant from India with no money in his pocket. He lived in a trailer park, but he had faith in this country and faith in that there is no conflict between religion and succeeding in this country. So I think this election in that way represents that, in America, if you work hard and you’re qualified -- the sky is the limit and you can do anything."

Read more about his story here.

Ashley Bennett, a novice who ran and won against a man who mocked the Women's March

Bennett never thought that she would run for political office, and when her first bid led to her victory against a male New Jersey county official who had mocked the Women's March, she said, "I was shocked."

Read more about her story here.

Danica Roem, the first openly transgender person elected to serve in a U.S. state legislature

PHOTO: Danica Roem is pictured in Gainesville, Virginia, U.S. on Dec. 30, 2016. Reuters
Danica Roem is pictured in Gainesville, Virginia, U.S. on Dec. 30, 2016.

The former journalist defeated 13-term Virginia House Delegate Bob Marshall, who was the author of Virginia's "bathroom bill" that would have restricted the bathrooms that transgender people could use.

Read more about her story here.

Chris Hurst, who won on a pro-gun control platform after his girlfriend was shot dead on live TV

PHOTO: Democrat Chris Hurst, right, defeated Republican incumbent Joseph Yost to win House District 12 on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Blacksburg, Va.Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP
Democrat Chris Hurst, right, defeated Republican incumbent Joseph Yost to win House District 12 on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Blacksburg, Va.

Hurst decided to run for office after his girlfriend, reporter Alison Parker, was fatally shot along with her cameraman by a former station employee in August 2015.

Read more about his story here.

ABC News' Veronica Stracqualursi and Paola Chavez contributed to this report.

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