Get to Know Ashley Renee McMahon
Get to Know 2017 Endorsed Candidate ... Ashley Renee McMahon
Why are you running?
I’ve planted roots in the city of Perrysburg with my family and this is my way of giving back to the community. I care. I want to get involved. And I have the capacity to make positive improvements and maintain the features that make Perrysburg a great place to live for everyone. Plus, I hope to be an inspiration for other young people, especially young women, to get involved. Take a chance. If you care about something, put yourself out there and make it happen. The response I’ve received has been incredibly positive. It may seem scary to do something outside of your comfort zone but trust me, it’s well worth it!
What are the most important issues on your campaign?
Improving communication between the local government and the community members is incredibly important to me. Too many times, the people of Perrysburg don’t know what’s really going on inside the Council Chambers or within the administration. That falls on both sides, but I will do my best to create a streamlined process for everyone to get accurate information about what’s going on in their city.
I also care about sustainable growth. Perrysburg is — and has been — growing at a rapid rate.
Growth is absolutely necessary for a vibrant city but we need to make sure that we’re planning for this growth so our city doesn’t lose its charm. If we stick to a plan and ensure that our budget is equipped to handle necessary improvements to handle growth, I believe that’s a great place to start.
Finally, maintaining a positive environment for business owners, big and small. As a small business owner in Perrysburg, I know how important it is to bring revenue and tax dollars into the city. We have many successful operations in town — from corporations to family-owned shops. I want to continue to create a great place for these businesses to thrive which can encourage people to live, work and play in the city of Perrysburg.
Give us a fun fact about yourself.
My first job was the mascot for a local minor league baseball team. I’ll let you guess the character!
Who is your favorite president? Why?
President Barack Obama. He ignited a new breed of inspired youth to get involved, vote and care about the political system. He encourages people to stand up for what’s right. He led his administration with dignity and class. I was in Grant Park in Chicago the night he was elected and it was a life-changing experience that I will appreciate forever. The hope and excitement in the air was electric. We can’t forget about the positive changes he made and need to keep that spirit alive.
What’s your favorite food on the campaign trail? Why?
I frequent Perrysburg restaurants quite often both now and before the campaign started. My favorites are a black coffee from Maddie & Bella and pecan veggie meatballs from Fifth Street Pub.
If you could be a superhero, who would you be? Why?
Wonder Woman. Women’s rights are extremely important to me and I’m proud to call myself a feminist. As a result, I believe that’s simply saying that all humans should be treated equal. Wonder Woman is a source of inspiration for so many women, both young and old. She’s powerful, independent and has a large capacity to love and be loved. She’s the full package, incredibly badass and proves that women can do just about anything.
If you were a professional athlete what song would you choose to be your “walk out” song?
"Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen
What was your first paid job?
See my fun fact. Hint: She has a ponytail and likes baseball.
How can young dems help in your race?
Get involved. Whether it’s in my race or other young Democrats’ races. We need more young people taking a step to get involved in local government. This is where it all begins and we are the future.