Ashlee Evans qualified to run for the Clarksville City Council seat in Ward 11.
Evans, 27, is a self-proclaimed proud millennial and the mother of a 1 ½-year-old child.
“I am currently unemployed because of COVID but have been in the service industry as long as I could work,” Evans said. “I have held positions from server to bartender to manager. I am currently enrolled in Austin Peay and am on track to graduate with my bachelor’s degree in graphic design, where I intend to work in the advertising and marketing fields. However, I have an extreme passion for politics and would be honored to serve the city I love, Clarksville, Tennessee.”
Evans said she’s running for office because she believes she represents the average citizen in Clarksville.
“I am a mother, an activist and a humanist,” she said. “I want to encourage regular and younger folks that they can do this, too. I want to fight for equity for everyone in Clarksville.
“We can no longer turn a blind eye to the inequities in our city by painting over them with rose colors. We need to build infrastructure that will benefit us in 20 years, not just right now. We need to be prepared for the amount of growth projected for the next decade. I believe in Clarksville, and I strive for transparency in local government. We need to be intentional in our decision making; we need to make folks feel heard, and we need to be truly transparent. I am that representation.”
Evans said her priorities would be to look into different ways the community can help reduce its carbon footprint, find better recycling programs and lead on a path backed by renewable energy. She said she also wants to avoid irresponsible zoning and to advocate for sustainable infrastructure to ensure that what is built will suit the needs of the community, not only for the present, but also for years from now. She also wants to advocate for safe and affordable housing, which would help diversify the local housing market.
Evans said she wants to open a dialogue between the city and its government.
“A that’s-just-the-way-things-are mentality is not going to cut it,” she said. “Our citizens are the power of this community and they need to feel valued.
Evans said she also wants to make real efforts to follow through with smart and fair reform and apply a conscious effort to provide equitable law enforcement and community collaboration.
Evans’ website is ashleeevansfor11.com, and she can be found on Facebook @EvansFor11.