Ashley Carson Cottingham
What office are you running for?
Marion County Commissioner, Seat 3
With which party are you running for office?
Nov. 3, 2020
Why are you running for office?
I’m running for office because I can no longer stand by while our county experiences a homelessness crisis, limits access to women’s health care, and fails to address major mental health, public health and environmental issues. I want to make a difference in my community by ensuring that all voices are heard and that decisions are transparent. Together we can make this county more inclusive and serve people in the way that is needed. People deserve to be treated with dignity and have opportunities to live a life of independence, safety and good health.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
We are experiencing a mental health, homelessness and public health crisis and the surfacing of deep-seated racism. I will work tirelessly to engage BIPOC communities to ensure voices are heard and that more people are involved in the decision-making in our county. I will use my experience in government to bring together state, county and local officials to ensure that a multi-faceted plan will be executed to help people become permanently housed.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
We need to sit down and have coffee with people who disagree with us. We need to be face to face and understand that we are all human and can find common ground, it just takes hard work and dedication.
Who is your hero?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
What are your hobbies?
Singing, biking, gardening
What is the most recent book you read?
In the middle of White Fragility now
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
Two little boys and a very old kitty
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Email, text or call! We need your support to win this race. A Democrat hasn’t been elected to the Marion County Commission in over 40 years!
What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
Q: Why should I vote for you and not your opponent? A: I have a vast depth of service running large and complex government programs. I know what it takes to make hard decisions that directly impact people’s lives. The budget of the county is $455 million dollars – this is an enormous responsibility. I ran our state’s aging and people with disabilities program with a $3.6 billion dollar biennial budget. I successfully navigated reductions as well as addressed the long-term sustainability of this program as its director. I brought stakeholders to the table that hadn’t ever been involved before. I will do the same as your next County Commissioner.
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