Civil rights activist and journalist Ashlee Marie Preston has decided to run for the California state assembly seat in District 54 with the resignation of Sebastian Ridley-Thomas. Assemblyman Ridley-Thomas abruptly announced his resignation from the California Legislature on Wednesday, citing health reasons.
Ashlee Marie Preston came to notoriety with her activism work around civil rights for women, people of color, immigrants & the LGBTQ, community. She has served on boards for groups such as Stonewall Democratic Club, Transgender Service Provider Network, LA Pride, The Human Rights Campaign, Trans Can Work, Mirror Memoirs, and Gender Odyssey Los Angeles. She took greater interest in the political sphere as police brutality, trans discrimination, rape culture, and unjust immigration policies became prevalent in the national discussion.
Ashlee has appeared in several diversity and inclusion campaigns within the media and was named one of Root 100’s Most Influential African Americans of 2017. She was also featured as one of the Top 40 LGBTQ’s of 2017 by Logo, NewNowNext & PopSugar.
Ashlee has been quoted as saying “ …As someone directly impacted by the issues that often diminish the quality of life, I have an acute understanding of which policies must be put into play in order to move progress forward for the constituents of the 54th district and beyond. I believe in prioritizing people over politics. We are more than poll percentage points; we are real people with real stories. I fully intend to continue honoring those experiences, and advocating for those who don’t have a seat at the table.”
A special election will more then likely be held in the Spring of 2018, yet a date is still not set. Ms. Preston is excited to embark on this new venture and representing the voices of more then three hundred thousand registered voters within her district.