CA Assembly District 15 candidate questions: Monica Wilson

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Mar. 1, 2024) — The Pioneer newspaper presented questions to the candidates running for California’s Assembly District 15 in the 2024 election.

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Candidate: Monica Wilson

What are your strengths or qualities that you bring to the position you’re seeking?

Track Record of Advocacy: I have a proven track record of advocating for issues that directly impact all communities, such as police reform, housing affordability, and economic empowerment. From proposing bans on future liquor stores in underserved neighborhoods to demanding staff and equity audits for the Antioch Police Department following the national racist text message scandal, my work as a community organizer and elected official has centered on addressing all challenges faced by communities.

A Voice for All: Understanding the need to advocate for equality of opportunity and community reinvestment – addressing the needs of underserved communities, whether along lines of race, income, or other factors that have yielded discrimination, unfair treatment, and inequality of opportunity.

Commitment to Representation: I will work to ensure that everyone has a seat at the table and that their voices are heard and valued in the decision-making processes that impact their lives. I believe in the power of representation as a catalyst for positive change.

What are three main issues that you will prioritize if elected?

  • Economic Empowerment
  • Affordable Housing and Homelessness
  • Education Access/Equity

How will you specifically address each of those issues?

Economic Empowerment: I will work to create opportunities for economic advancement for all communities. This includes supporting initiatives for job creation, workforce development, and entrepreneurship, as well as advocating for fair wages and equal access to economic resources and opportunities. The cost of basic needs such as housing, groceries and healthcare have skyrocketed – all issues I have experienced myself. As Assemblymember, I will fight to address pocketbook issues for the well-being of every Californian.

Affordable Housing and Homelessness – I champion local housing creation that generates local jobs and home ownership opportunities for our workforce and future generations. Homelessness and housing insecurities is a crisis. I’ll bring my local leadership in improving homeless outreach coordination, expanding transitional housing, and enhancing mental health programs to Sacramento.

Education Access/Equity: I will fight for equitable and quality education for all students. This includes advocating for increased funding for public schools, addressing the achievement gap, expanding access to early childhood education, and supporting programs that promote college and career readiness, educational access, and workforce training for a broad, diverse student community.

Why should you be elected?

This may sound cliché, but I am running because I truly want to help the people of my district. I want to make changes to policy and make a difference in the lives of my constituents. I am an advocate and I make sure those whose voices are often not heard are finally heard and those who are not normally at the table have a seat. My work has focused on empowering communities and amplifying the voices of those who have been historically marginalized. You see, I do not represent the few, I represent many.

Those who agree with me and those who may not. My commitment to my community is unwavering, and I will continue to fight for their rights and representation. You see representing Assembly District 15 means I am the voice for everyone. This type of representation is what my community deserves and demands at the state level, and I am the right person.

As an elected official, I have championed policies around protecting survivors of human trafficking and mental health, pushed for affordable housing, and fought for criminal justice reform. I have also been actively involved in addressing racial disparities in education and healthcare, advocating for policies that promote equity and fairness.

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