Kamlager-Dove Leads In Race to Fill 54th District State Assembly Seat

Categories // LA Focus Thursday, 01 February 2018

Kamlager-Dove Leads In Race to Fill 54th District State Assembly Seat

Sydney Kamlager-Dove, is right where she wants to be —out front— in the race to fill the 54th District State Assembly seat left vacant by retired assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas. Though it’s early, she’s showing a significant edge over the other hopefuls bidding for office.

It took Kamlager-Dove—, president of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees and district director for State Sen. Holly J. Mitchell— less than a week after her announcement to accumulate endorsements from a long list of prominent political officials such as US Congresswoman Karen Bass, California Senator Holly J. Mitchell, Compton Mayor Aja Brown, Culver City Mayor Jeff Cooper, and several major dignitaries at the national, state and local levels.

      “I think folks consider me to be someone who is no-nonsense and who is going to roll up my sleeves and do the work that is required,” said Kamlager-Dove. “I do have with relationships in Sacramento with many of the leaders that are there. I credit that to the work I have done while I have been working for the Assembly and for the Senate office…I think those are just some of the reason the group of folks have come out to endorse me.”

      Kamlager-Dove said she knew she needed to approach her candidacy “swiftly” because there would be a short window before Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.  announced the special election that is set for April 3, 2018 to replace Ridley-Thomas.

      “I am able to hit the ground running because of my work in the district,” Kamlager-Dove said. “When I am successful I think it is just as important to know what the issues are in the district. If it’s about environmental Justice and environmentally safe policy; if it’s about fighting for educational access, and making sure there is equity in how our schools are funded that’s not predicated on someone’s color or zip code; if it’s about fighting for foster youth and the formerly incarcerated.”

      “Sydney has demonstrated her full appreciation of what it means to be a skilled public servant by taking care of the day-to-day community needs of the people of the 30th Senate District that I represent,” said Sen. Holly J. Mitchell. “The voters of the 54th Assembly District already know Sydney. They can confidently be assured that Sydney will deliver for them when they elect her to represent them in our State Capitol. I wholeheartedly and forthrightly endorse Sydney Kamlager-Dove for 54th Assembly District in 2018."

      Also contending for a chance at the seat are Ashlee Marie Preston, Joey Hill and Steve Dunwoody, a veteran, environmental and community advocate.

Dunwoody, who has already had his eye on an Assembly office long before the Ridley-Thomas announcement, posted his candidacy on his Facebook page the same day Ridley-Thomas stepped down.

      “I am not running as a career move,” asserts Dunwoody who is the Acting Chair of the 54th Assembly District Democratic Club and serves as Legislative Chair of the Culver City Democratic Club.   “I have been running for six months before it was clear about [its availability].”

      Ashlee Marie Preston, a transgender civil rights activist has received widespread press after announcing her bid last December. Preston, the former editor-in-chief of Wear Your Voice magazine, attained national attention after criticizing Caitlyn Jenner in August for supporting President Trump.

      There is also buzz that Joey Hill, a legislative staff member, is a potential candidate. Hill ran against Ridley-Thomas in 2013 but decided to support Ridley-Thomas prior to the election and backed out of the race.

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