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MEET ASHTON

Representing NC's Future, Representing You!

Who I Am

Born in Alamance County, I have always had a passion for serving the people of the state I proudly call home. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill as a NC Teaching Fellow, I taught school in Durham and Guilford counties, and went on to earn my Master’s in School Leadership from Harvard University. Most recently, I received my Doctorate of Education from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. My commitment to education led me to serve as principal of schools in Rockingham and Guilford counties, where I led the turn-around of one of the state’s lowest performing schools. While serving as assistant superintendent of the Thomasville City Schools, I was selected one of the Triad Business Journal’s “40 Leaders under 40” and have also been honored by the United Way with its Human Rights Advocate award. I was re-elected to serve in North Carolina’s 57th House District on November 3, 2020 and sworn into office on January 13, 2021. During my time in Raleigh, I have been appointed to the Commerce, Education K-12, Education-Community Colleges, Finance, and Marine Resources and Aqua Culture Committees. I also serve as founder and Co-Chair of the Early Childhood Caucus. As the mother of three young children, I am an energetic and passionate advocate for better schools and job training programs, as well as policies that protect our health care, environment and voting rights. I live in Greensboro with my husband Bryan Clemmons.

Why I Am Running

As an educator, mother and lifelong North Carolinian, I believe that our state owes every child a chance at success, and strong public schools are the foundation of that promise.

The state I grew up in led the South in keeping that promise, and I see the progress slipping away.  North Carolina deserves leaders who will join together to take our state forward -- improving schools, expanding job opportunities, protecting our environment and ensuring basic rights, including fair voting districts and laws.

The stakes in 2022 are high, and House District 57 will be key to maintaining a more balanced legislature where the voices of the people of North Carolina lead. I care deeply about the future of our state and believe that now is the time to step out and try to make a difference.

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