FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 1, 2023
Four-term Councilmember Monica Wilson Announces 2024 Run for State Assembly
Antioch, CA – On Thursday, four-term Councilmember Monica Wilson announces her candidacy for State Assembly (AD15). Current Assemblymember Tim Grayson is widely expected to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Steve Glazer.
For the past two decades, Monica has served the people of Contra Costa County as a community organizer, high-profile advocate to end human trafficking, and leader in the fight for safe neighborhoods and healthy families.
“I am ready to take my results-oriented leadership to Sacramento – where I can do even more to maintain and improve the quality of life for our Contra Costa County communities and all Californians. Too many families are getting priced out due to skyrocketing cost of living and expensive housing. And creating effective solutions to homelessness is not only a regional, but statewide crisis. I have a proven track record of tackling today’s tough problems to provide the leadership every Californian needs,” said Monica.
“These are all issues I have experienced myself. As your Assemblymember, I’ll fight to address pocketbook issues for the well-being of every Contra Costa County family and residents throughout the Golden State.”
Councilmember Wilson announced her Assembly candidacy with endorsements from State Board of Equalization Member Sally Lieber, Women and Human Rights Advocate Christine Pelosi and local leaders including Concord Vice Mayor Edi Birsan and Brentwood Councilmember Jovita Mendoza.
“Monica has led efforts to protect our clean air and water for future generations,” said Board of Equalization Member Sally Lieber, “Monica will lead the fight in Sacramento to make real progress toward the Governor’s goal of dramatically cutting carbon pollution to reduce the risk of drought and wildfire.”
“It is more important than ever to elect women with proven track records of results to be our state policymakers,” said Executive Director of Close the Gap California Susannah Delano, “I am thrilled Councilmember Monica Wilson has answered the calls to run.”
Assembly District 15 includes the cities of Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Martinez, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, a sliver of Walnut Creek and unincorporated communities.
ABOUT MONICA: Antioch Councilmember Monica Wilson champions police reform and safe neighborhoods; solutions to homelessness; expansion of mental health response teams; and bans on new liquor stores. Monica is a regional and statewide leader in the fight against human trafficking, serving as a Program Manager for a Bay Area nonprofit battling exploitation – and also worked closely with the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office to create the County’s Human Trafficking Task Force.
REGIONAL LEADERSHIP & EXPERIENCE:
• Serving 4th term on Antioch City Council; first African American woman elected
• Vice Chair, Northern California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus; former Vice Chair, Democratic Party of Contra Costa County
• Board Member, Tri Delta Transit
• Staff Advisor, FemDems; Outreach Coordinator, Grateful Garment Project
• Program Manager, Human Trafficking nonprofit Love Never Fails
• Staff Member, Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County
• San José – Evergreen Community College District and Mills College professional positions in Workforce Institute and Student Life divisions