Four-term Antioch City Councilmember Monica Wilson has announced her bid for a state Assembly seat next year.

The District 15 Assembly seat is currently held by Tim Grayson, D-Concord, and Wilson announced she will campaign for the seat if the assemblyman seeks the state Senate seat of Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, who will be termed out in 2024.

Antioch City Councilmember Monica Wilson. (City of Antioch via Bay City News)

“Too many families are getting priced out due to skyrocketing costs of living and expensive housing,” she said in a news release announcing her candidacy. “Creating effective solutions to homelessness is not only a regional, but statewide crisis. I have a proven track record of tackling today’s tough problems to provide the leadership every Californian needs.”

Assembly District 15 includes Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Martinez, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, parts of Walnut Creek and unincorporated communities.

State Board of Equalization member Sally Lieber commended Wilson’s commitment to protecting the environment.

“Monica has led efforts to protect our clean air and water for future generations,” said Lieber. “Monica will lead the fight in Sacramento to make real progress toward the Governor’s goal of dramatically cutting carbon pollution to reduce the risk of drought and wildfire.”

Susannah Delano, executive director of Close the Gap California — a statewide campaign to achieve gender balance in the California Legislature — said “it is more important than ever to elect women with proven track records of results to be our state policymakers.”

Others such as human rights advocate Christine Pelosi, Concord Vice Mayor Edi Birsan and Brentwood City Council member Jovita Mendoza have also endorsed Wilson.

Charles is a Knight Foundation intern at Bay City News and a Master of Journalist candidate at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He freelanced for Oakland Side and Oakland North on race, equity, and health outcomes in the Bay Area. Before his graduate studies, Charles worked as a Business reporter in Ghana, West Africa, covering financial markets and rising startups. At Bay City News, he is interested in reporting on public health and the intersections of race and equity in the Bay Area.