Ashley Wheeland, Candidate House District 9
Which office are you running for and where?
Colorado House District 9 in Southeast Denver
When is your election day?
The final election is on November 6th, but the primary so June 26th.
Why did you decide to run for public office? Did someone encourage or inspire you? If so, who?
I believe that law and policy are vital in protecting rights and making lives better. I was a college reporter on the state legislature and ever since wanted to work in policy. Luckily, I have been able to do that with opportunities after college working in the US Senate, going to law school, and for the last seven years working for progressive health care organizations and projects.
My inspiration is my parents who dedicated their lives to serving others - the disability community. My dad asked me to run.
What did you do before you decided to run? Where did you go to school? Tell us a little about your resume.
I am a native Coloradan going to public schools through college and grad school. I went to CSU where I received BAs in journalism and political science and a masters degree in political science with an emphasis in American government and public policy. I attended DU law school and graduated in 2010.
What are your top 3 key initiatives/policies?
- Reproductive rights and health care as a right all deserve
- Economic justice
- Civil rights protections
Tell us about a day in the life of your campaign or tell us your favorite story from the campaign trail.
A day in my life on the campaign trail is a little bit of everything - from communications management to knocking on doors. I am trying to petition on to the ballot, which requires 1000 signatures.
What is the biggest challenge you face as a candidate? Are there challenges you face that are unique to you as a woman candidate?
The biggest challenge at this time is getting all the signatures I need to get on the ballot. But I’m going to do it. I have a feeling the challenge to come will be fundraising as I am the underdog right now.
What can women do to help you?
Women can help me by sharing their views and experiences and how my platform connects to them and how I can make it better. The best ideas come from experiences. Of course, they can also help me get signatures and donate too :)
Share a fun fact or two with us!
A fun fact is that I have a dog I named Ruthie B after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. When not fighting for policy, I am hiking with her.
Any additional thoughts?
So excited to see women lifting women up - and women getting more women to get and stay involved in the policy making that impacts all of us.