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Ashanti Martinez’s last birthday present to himself wasn’t like most 21st birthday gifts. In April 2017, he announced that he was running for Maryland’s House of Delegates.

Ashanti, who is a senior at Howard University, decided to run for office because he hopes to implement “bold progressive policies.” He wants to improve education and transportation, create more jobs, raise the minimum wage and reform the state’s criminal justice system.

“Our country is in need of new energy in the halls of power,” Ashanti told The Root. “Time’s up for legacy leaders and gatekeepers because our country can’t afford to continue business as usual.”

As he wraps his education, it’s clear that he’s devoted to transforming Maryland’s education system.

“We need fresh leadership to confront the challenges of classroom overcrowding, aging facilities, low teacher retention, and lack of transparency in our school board,” he writes on his campaign website. “Having our students career- and college-ready means having a 21st-century school system that focuses on the needs of our students both inside and out of the classroom.”

He’s been praised by his local community, and earned a spot on 93.9 WKYS-FM’s “Top 30 Under 30” list, and Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund’s “Forty Under 40” list.

Ashanti has been committed to fighting for marginalized communities since he was 16. As a senior at Parkdale High School in Maryland, he created the LGBTQ Student Liaison position for the Prince George’s County Regional Association of Student Governments.

In a national moment when young people are standing up and speaking out, Ashanti encourages other people in his generation to be the change they want to see.

“My message is clear: Run for something,” he told The Root. “Your voice is needed.”



May 12, 2017

Ashanti Martinez Announces Bid for Maryland State Delegate

New Carrollton, MD — Ashanti Martinez, former campaign aid to Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk and Vice President of Membership of Prince George's County Young Democrats announced on 4/27/17 in Hyattsville that at age 21 he is running for Maryland State Delegate in District 22. 

“I'm running to bring new energy and committed leadership to the 22nd District,” Martinez said. “By being an active voice in Annapolis for my community, I know I'll be able to make a difference. It's time we have more bold progressive leadership in Annapolis that delivers results for Maryland's working families. Our party needs fresh leaders that are ready to take on the tough fights.”

Ashanti is only 21 years old but already has Annapolis experience having worked for the Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus. "To be such a young man with such character tells a lot about him. I know he cares about the community and the district." said Del. Pena-Melnyk at Martinez's announcement event. 

Maryland's 22nd Legislative District consist of the cities & towns of Greenbelt, New Carrollton, Riverdale Park, University Park, Berwyn Heights, and Hyattsville.

For more information, contact Dyrrell Moon, Dyrrelll@AshantiMartinez.com



13 months ahead of Democratic primary, candidates emerge in Prince George’s

13 months ahead of Democratic primary, candidates emerge in Prince George’s

Political newcomer Ashanti Martinez, who worked on Del. Joseline A. Peña-Melnyk’s congressional campaign last year, announced last month — on his 21st birthday — that he will run for the House of Delegates in District 22, which includes Landover, Hyattsville and Greenbelt.