By Sarah Mizes-Tan
The race for the District 6 California state senate seat — which represents Sacramento, Elk Grove and West Sacramento — is heating up as longtime Sacramento city councilmember Angelique Ashby officially launched her campaign.
Ashby made her public announcement Wednesday after filing to run for the seat last year.
Ashby has represented Natomas since 2010 and has been one of two longest-standing members of the council In 2016, the now-vice mayor lost to Darrell Steinberg in the race to become mayor of Sacramento. If elected to the state senate, she will be the first woman to hold the seat in two decades.
“This moment is very surreal for me, because I know that my path to getting here was anything but average,” Ashby said. “California needs people with diverse backgrounds to lead, this is a new day.”
Ashby, a Democrat, has secured the endorsement of incumbent Senator Dr. Richard Pan, who, by next year, will have served in the California state assembly and senate for 12 years and has reached the maximum time an elected person can serve in the legislature.