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.
Ashley's grandfather was a proud union member who understood the value of hard work and took pride in his ability to provide for his large family. With 13 kids (not a typo!), his union membership allowed him to put food on the table and ensure his wife and children had access to health care.
Ashley believes that a rising tide lifts all boats. And as a business owner herself, she believes companies must pay workers a fair, living wage and allow them to organize and advocate for themselves because it paves the way for those workers, their families and their communities to truly succeed.
In 2018, Missouri voters overwhelmingly blocked a right-to-work law that was passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2017—but the fight is far from over because two years later, the legislature is still controlled by Republicans and they're working harder than ever to get their way.
Workers across the state deserve the dignity of earning a living wage and the ability to retain their collective bargaining rights. Fighting alongside hardworking Missourians is truly an honor, and Ashley is proud to support union members in District 14 and across our state.
Missouri families face threats big and small each and every day. Whether it's gun violence and crime or the opioid epidemic, food insecurity and inequality—you deserve a representative who sees your challenges and is willing to address them head-on.
I’m a proud member of Moms Demand Action, and I believe that a common-sense approach to legislation which supports responsible gun ownership is a key component of protecting our families. Additionally, it’s imperative that we reduce the burdens on families which lead to unfavorable outcomes. This includes supporting our first responders, creating a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to address the opioid epidemic, offering community resources to families struggling financially and passing legislation that ensures equality for marginalized groups.
As a wife and stepmom, one of my top priorities is guaranteeing the safety of all Northland families. I will work to ensure families across the 14th District have good-paying jobs, safe communities, and accessible, affordable healthcare.