Actress Stacey Dash Drops Out of Congressional Race for 44th District

Actress Stacey Dash announced Friday that she was dropping out as a Republican candidate for the 44th Congressional District, which includes the North Long Beach community.

The “Clueless” star and conservative commentator posted her statement online March 30, citing that the “overall bitterness surrounding our political process, participating in the rigors of campaigning and holding elected office would be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of my family.”

Dash, who originally announced her candidacy in late February, will still appear on the June 5 primary ballot, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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From left to right: Rep. Nanette Barragan and Compton Mayor Aja Brown. Photos courtesy of their websites.

Since then, another candidate has announced her intent to run against Democratic incumbent Rep. Nanette Barragan.

On March 8, Compton Mayor Aja Brown announced her candidacy for the congressional district. Brown has served as the city’s mayor for five years.

“When I assumed office, our city was on the brink of bankruptcy and insolvency, city services had ceased, investment had halted, crime had peaked, our unemployment reached a record high and most importantly, many of our families had lost hope in what our community could be,” Brown said in a then-statement. “I embarked on a journey to restore our city and lift the standard of leadership that would prove to bring some of the toughest battles of my life—yet I persisted day in and day out for the betterment of the lives of the 100,000 women, men and children that I serve.”

Brown cited Dash as a “motivating” factor in her last-minute bid, according to the Times.

The 44th District includes Carson, Compton, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, San Pedro, South Gate, Watts, Willowbrook, Walnut Park and Wilmington.

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Stephanie Rivera is the community engagement editor for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.