By Theresa Clift
Sacramento City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby formally announced she’s running for the state Senate Wednesday, scoring a big endorsement from the seat’s incumbent, Democratic Sen. Richard Pan.
The longtime councilwoman told The Sacramento Bee in July she planned to run for the seat, but had not yet formally announced.
“Many times, I have been referred to as ‘that Mom from Natomas,’ a title intended to strip me of more coveted accomplishments… but it has always made me smile with pride, because Mom is my favorite title,” Ashby, a Democrat, said in a news release. “Now more than ever California needs people with a diverse background to lead. This is a new day. It’s time. California is the place where people dream big, strike gold, invent what was once impossible, and make history one courageous fight at a time.” . . .
Ashby is married with three children, but was once a single mother living in public housing.
“Having been a single mother, Angelique Ashby understands the struggles families face in our neighborhoods,” Pan said in a statement. “She will be a progressive problem solver who puts working families first in the state Senate. Angelique has worked to build stronger communities throughout her life, and she has been an tremendous partner for me to create a healthier, safer neighborhoods.”…