Compton Mayor Aja Brown, one of the most popular politicians in Southern California, is preparing to run for Congress after it was revealed that Stacey Dash is throwing her hat in the ring.
Last week, Dash nearly broke the internet when she announced that she’s running for a seat in the House of Representatives in California’s 44th district, which includes Compton, Watts, San Pedro, and North Long Beach.
TMZ reports that Brown, 35, had no intention of running as late as a week ago. Her decision was influenced by the California Congressional delegation who urged her to run against Dash.
Unlike Dash, Brown grew up in Compton and has a very strong relationship with the district. At 31 she made history when she became the youngest mayor ever elected in the City of Compton. She has also launched several community initiatives as well as policy changes to break the school-to-prison pipeline line. Brown’s presence helped drop the homicide rate by 50% between 2014 and 2015.
Recently, Brown hosted a screening of fellow Compton native Ava DuVernay’s new movie A Wrinkle in Time for children in the area.
I asked @Disney if the first public screening of #WrinkleinTime could be in my hometown of Compton. They created a theater experience with fab sound + picture quality out of a community center since there are no movie theaters in Compton. I thank them. And these kids do too. pic.twitter.com/grzHoRJAHX
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 2, 2018
Dash, on the other hand, has become more vocal about her conservative views after it was revealed she voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. During her tenure at Fox News, she decried the existence of BET and Black History Month.
A donation to my campaign site would go a long way to help me as I gain momentum in this race. Anything helps and thank you! https://t.co/TKW9zbWlxG
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) March 6, 2018