Kudos: Ashby "Woman Of The Year"

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Assemblyman Dr. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, has named Sacramento Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby the 5th Assembly District’s 2012 “Woman of the Year.”

The award recognizes outstanding public service accomplishments by distinguished California women. Pan is scheduled to present the award today at the state capitol followed by a reception in Pan’s office.

“Angelique has a remarkable story to tell and her service is inspirational for women and everyone in the Sacramento region,” said Pan. “I am proud to be working with her so closely, putting state and local resources to work tackling some of Sacramento’s biggest challenges.”

After graduating from Sacramento High School, Ashby went on to work full time and earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Davis and a law degree from McGeorge School of Law while a single mother. After completing her education, Ashby married husband Zachary Rucker-Christopher and settled in Natomas.

Ashby became president of the Creekside Neighborhood Association and advocated for safety improvements and crime prevention, helping create the Natomas Community and Police Resource Center.

In 2010, Ashby was elected to serve as councilmember for Sacramento’s city council District 1, representing downtown, the railyards, the River District and Natomas. As a first-term councilmember, Ashby fought for construction of a new fire station and has taken a lead role in advocating for flood protection.

“I am honored to serve the Natomas and Sacramento communities,” Ashby said. “I believe the safe and vibrant neighborhoods we all want can be built with hard work, dedication and strong partnerships.”

Assemblyman Dr. Richard Pan escorts Sacramento Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby into the legislature. Above, from left to right: Dr. Pan, Assemblymember Connie Conway, Vice Mayor Ashby, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, and Assemblymember Holly Mitchel.

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