Ashton is a public policy analyst, a health unit coordinator in behavioral mental health, the child of immigrant parents from Guyana, South America, and the candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives District 32A. Through his experiences working with government agencies for the Anoka County Community Action Program (ACCAP) and as a graduate of the local Head Start program, Ashton developed an understanding for how important it is to have voices who will fight for low-income families in the state legislature and how essential community action programs are for helping people lead successful lives.
As a former public policy analyst for the Anoka County Community Action Program (ACCAP), Ashton studied first-hand the issues that Anoka County faces regarding homelessness, poverty, and low-income child education. Using what he has learned, Ashton intends to fight for meaningful legislation regarding homelessness prevention and improve access to equitable education for all disenfranchised communities. Working as a Health Unit Coordinator in Child/Adolescent Behavioral Mental Health at the University of Minnesota Medical Center has opened his eyes to the depth of the mental health crisis that our community is facing. As an immense advocate for mental health reform, Ashton also intends to help bring together all of our mental health providers to create a more equitable and easily accessible mental health system that will work to ensure every Minnesotan’s well being.