Transgender activist Ashlee Marie Preston, who famously called Caitlyn Jenner a fraud at an event last year, has announced that she’s running for a seat in the California State Assembly.
Preston is vying for California’s District 54 seat, which is vacant following the resignation of California Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas. The activist and journalist, who previously served as the editor-in-chief of feminist media outlet Wear Your Voice, says that in addition to defending the LGBT community, she also hopes to address issues like immigration, rape culture, and police brutality.
“As someone directly impacted by the issues that often diminish the quality of life, I have an acute understanding of which policies must be put into play in order to move progress forward for the constituents of the 54th district and beyond,” Preston said in a press statement.
— Ashlee Marie Preston (@AshleeMPreston) December 30, 2017
Last August, Preston confronted Caitlyn Jenner after spotting her in the crowd at a Trans Chorus of Los Angeles performance the day after Trump attempted to ban transgender people from serving in the military. In a video clip of the encounter, Preston can be heard calling Jenner, who voted for Trump, “a f*cking fraud.”
“Some people may be afraid to confront you for being here, but I am not,” Preston said. “You are directly responsible for what has happened with transgender soldiers and the military. I am not afraid to say it to you.”
“My first words to Caitlyn were, ’You have some fucking nerve showing up here!’” Preston told NewNowNext a fews days later. “I confronted Caitlyn Jenner head-on because that’s what grassroots activism looks like.”
If she is elected, Preston would represent Century City and Westwood, along with several other Los Angeles neighborhoods.
“I believe in prioritizing people over politics,” Preston continued. “We are more than poll percentage points; we are real people with real stories.”