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Compton Mayor Aja Brown withdraws congressional bid

“I am genuinely grateful for the outpouring of support for my candidacy after my initial announcement.”

Race to unseat Rep. Barragán in 44th district fizzles; Brown, Dash drop out


Compton Herald | Mayor Aja Brown

Compton Mayor Aja Brown. Official photo.

COMPTON — Last week Republican hopeful for the 44th congressional district, TV star Stacey Dash, abruptly dropped her bid for the seat held by incumbent Nanette Barragán, D-San Pedro.

On Thursday, Compton Mayor Aja Brown, who surprised the City with an announced bid for the seat, weeks ago, withdrew from the race a week after Dash. In a statement, the mayor cited the following:

“I am excited and blessed to announce that my husband of fourteen years and I are expecting our first child. We are overjoyed at the opportunity to become parents and look forward to starting our family,” Brown said. “To date, one of my highest honors has been dedicating my time and life to serving my community. However, at this point in my life, my family commitments supersede my ability to expand my level of service.

“Today, I am announcing that I am withdrawing my candidacy to represent the 44th Congressional District. I am genuinely grateful for the outpouring of support for my candidacy after my initial announcement.”

Brown said initially in announcing her candidacy, that she had completed her job in Compton.

“I have given my all to serve my community and now I’ve answered the call to serve the 44th District as our next congressional representative,” she said

Now she says, “Moving forward collectively, we will continue to empower, elevate and advance the City of Compton and our greater community. The coalitions, partnerships, programs, new investments, and infrastructure development will continue, and there is more to come.

“This milestone in my personal life has provided me with a greater perspective and deepened my commitment to strengthening our families. Thank you for your overwhelming love, support, and prayers. Our journey together is not over, it’s just beginning.”

The names of Brown, a Democrat, and Dash, a Republican, will remain on the ballot.

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  • Connie Halbig April 6, 2018

    Don’t know whom was behind her. Not most of the people from here in Compton. Now how will she pay back all those that contributed to her race.

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