Staff Writer Jax Gay
Transgender activist Ashlee Marie Preston is running for public office in California.
Last year, Preston confronted Caitlyn Jenner in August 2017 at the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles performance of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. She challenged Jenner’s continued support of Donald Trump, calling Jenner ‘complicit’ and a ‘fraud’.
‘You are directly responsible for what has happened with transgender soldiers and the military,’ she further told Jenner.
Now, Preston is running for a California State Assembly seat in District 54.
Preston made the announcement on 30 December, following the resignation of Democrat Sebastian Ridley-Thomas due to health issues.
If she wins, she’ll serve Los Angeles neighborhoods like Westwood and Century City.
‘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,’ Preston said in a press release.
She even celebrated the New Year with her district.
More diverse politicians
Ever since November’s incredible election day, which saw people like Danica Roem, Andrea Jenkins, and more winning various seats, women, people of color, and LGBTQ people are running for office in higher numbers.
It’s a promising change for future policies and legislation, provided the voters turn out for them.
This November, the United States will hold its midterm elections. Democrats are aiming to take back both the Senate and the House of Representatives in Congress — ideally with diverse candidates like Preston.