Compton Mayor Aja Brown has announced her intentions to run for Congress via TMZ. Not the typical place for political candidates to send their press releases but it appears TMZ posted it verbatim. Brown cited members of the “California Congressional District” urging her to run but many of them have already cast their endorsement for the incumbent Nanette Diaz Barragán. Prominent Black politicians in both local, regional, state and federal seats have also pledged their support for Barragán. Is she in this race to simply split the vote?
Compton residents chimed in on the Compton mayor’s announcement in the Facebook group “Friends who like 2UrbanGirls” citing her failure to control spending and make necessary infrastructure repairs despite championing and passing an additional bond on taxpayers to fund those repairs. There is also a cache of guns missing from the Compton Sheriff’s department that she hasn’t addressed either.
Brown has failed to earn the support of LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas who initially lauded her campaign for mayor of Compton in 2013 but has chosen to support Barragán.
Her colleagues in Congress have stepped up in supporting Barragán as well.
“Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán is an ally in Congress,” said Congressman John Lewis. “Nanette is a part of the new generation of leaders who will carry on the mission of justice and equality for all. She is committed to the people of her district, from her support for voting rights to her fight for environmental justice. Last year in Selma we crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge together, commemorating the march to Montgomery and the resilience of the fight for civil rights. That work continues today, and I am glad to have Congresswoman Barragán in Congress fighting alongside me.”
“It is an honor to have my colleagues, including one of my personal heroes, Congressman John Lewis, stand with me in my campaign,” said Congresswoman Barragán. “At a time when our communities are under attack, we are stronger and more resilient when we are united. We are working together every day for the same goals: access to health care for all, economic empowerment, civil rights, and social justice. It is the greatest honor of my life to serve in Congress and to work alongside my distinguished colleagues.”
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus to endorse Congresswoman Barragán’s re-election include:
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37)
Congressman André Carson (IN-7)
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II (MO-5)
Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12)
Congresswoman Val Butler Demings (FL-10)
Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-2)
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8)
Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14)
Congressman Al Lawson (FL-5)
Congressman John Lewis (GA-5)
Congressman Donald McEachin (VA-5)
Congressman Bennie Thomson (MS-2)
Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE)
Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33)