Who is Ashley Aune?
Hello, neighbor! My name is Ashley Aune, and I currently serve as State Representative in Missouri's 14th district. Here are a few things about me:
- I own and operate a marketing agency.
- I'm married to a 10-year military veteran.
- My husband and I both worked from home before it was mandatory.
- I'm a stepmom to a very cool kid.
- It's pronounced /ahh-nee/. Rhymes with Pawnee.
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Ashley is a small business owner. Over the course of her career, her employment has ranged from freelance to full-time—and everything in between. She's been uninsured, under-insured and fully insured. There were years Ashley could barely pay my monthly premium and years she simply couldn't afford to be insured at all.
Asley's experience is not unique. Our healthcare system is undeniably broken, and the COVID19 pandemic has highlighted the vast inequities and roadblocks Americans face every day in the pursuit of affordable healthcare for themselves and their families.
Missourians deserve access to quality, affordable healthcare—without the stress and financial burdens too many families endure. Passing Medicaid expansion in 2020 was a fantastic first step in achieving this. Now we must ensure Medicaid expansion is implemented across the state and truly address the impact healthcare costs have on our families and our economy.
As a product of public education and stepmom to a 5th grader, Ashley's witnessed and experienced the benefits of effective, well-funded public education. The most valuable gift you can give a child is education, and it's our responsibility to give Northland students every opportunity to succeed.
Under current leadership, our state legislature has continuously prioritized short-sighted tax cuts—which overwhelmingly benefit corporations and the wealthy—at the expense of public education funding. The COVID19 pandemic has further impacted our state's revenue structures, and Governor Parson has once again slashed hundreds of million in funding from our public schools.
Our children deserve better. If elected, Ashley will stand up for our students, support educators, and fight to fully fund public education every chance she gets.