Consumer advocate and former federal prosecutor Ashleigh Aitken filed paperwork with the Orange County Registrar of Voters to run for the Third Supervisorial District. Aitken will challenge incumbent, Don Wagner, who was elected in a low-turnout special election earlier this year.
In announcing her campaign, Aitken released the following statement:
“Homelessness is out of control, and Orange County has failed to act to protect our neighborhoods. This is a crisis that calls for more than words from our leaders; it calls for action. I’m running for Supervisor because the status quo from career politicians is unacceptable—it’s a crime against our communities and the people we have failed to help. I have the experience to tackle this problem head-on, and I am eager to get to work.”
Orange County’s 3rd Supervisorial District includes the cities of Anaheim, Irvine, Orange, Tustin, Villa Park, Yorba Linda, and unincorporated East Orange, North Tustin, Silverado, Trabuco, and Yorba.
ABOUT ASHLEIGH AITKEN
Born and raised in Orange County, Ashleigh Aitken has been fighting on behalf of OC families for twenty years. As a federal prosecutor serving the United States Attorney in the Central District of California, Ashleigh prosecuted violent crimes, illegal firearms distribution, narcotics, child pornography, and fraud. Now in private practice, Ashleigh fights to get justice for victims. Ashleigh has worked pro bono to aid homeless veterans, victims of domestic violence, expand free legal services for our veterans and military families, and fought to protect our most precious resource—open space—when she stopped the sale of the Orange County Fair Grounds.
Ashleigh is a Girl Scout troop leader, serves as a Board Member of United Way and on the Leadership Team of End Homelessness OC, and serves on the board of WISEPlace, the only shelter for unaccompanied homless women. She works to bring more resources to Orange County neighborhoods to combat homelessness and build housing. In 2012, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Ashleigh to serve on the Orange County Fair Board, culminating in her service as Chairwoman in 2015. Ashleigh has served as the President of the Orange County Bar Association, where she established a Veterans Committee to increase pro bono legal support for veterans and their families. From 2006 to 2012, Ashleigh served on the Anaheim Community Services Board, and as Chair in 2012, and helped to secure funding for local non-profit organizations that work to lift people out of poverty, prevent elder abuse, offer job training and placement, and provide additional education and arts resources to at-risk youth.
Ashleigh earned her Bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Boston College and her law degree from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law. Ashleigh lives in Anaheim with her husband, Michael, their three children, and an ark of animals.
This article was released by Ashleigh Aitken for Supervisor 2020.