Ashton Clemmons Announces Campaign for NC House District 57
Career Educator Calls for Improving Schools and Expanding Jobs
Greensboro, NC – Ashton Clemmons, a career educator and current assistant superintendent of the Thomasville City Schools, has announced her candidacy to represent District 57 in the North Carolina House.
“As an educator, mother and lifelong North Carolinian, I believe that our state owes every child a chance at success, and strong public schools are the foundation of that promise. The North Carolina I grew up in led the South in keeping that promise, and I see the progress slipping away,” Clemmons said when announcing her campaign.
“North Carolina deserves leaders who will join together to take our state forward — improving schools, expanding job opportunities, protecting our environment and ensuring basic rights, including fair voting districts and laws,” Clemmons continued.
Clemmons was born in Alamance County and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill as a NC Teaching Fellow. She was a classroom teacher in Durham and Guilford counties and went on to earn Master’s in School Leadership from Harvard University. She then served as principal of schools in Rockingham and Guilford counties, where she led the turn-around of one of the state’s lowest performing schools before becoming assistant superintendent in Thomasville.
“The stakes in 2018 are high, and House District 57 will be a key to creating a more balanced legislature where the voices of the people of North Carolina lead. I care deeply about the future of our state and believe that now is the time to step out and try to make a difference,” she concluded.
Clemmons has previously been selected one of the Triad Business Journal’s “40 Leaders under 40” and has also been honored by the United Way with its Human Rights Advocate award.
She and her husband, Bryan, have three young children and live in Greensboro.
Clemmons is the first Democrat to announce a campaign for the seat currently held by state Rep. John Blust, following the recent redrawing of district maps as part of the court-ordered process.