Angry at the system: Ashley Ehasz is running for Congress
October 26, 2021
There is currently 76 veterans in service in Congress, and another hopes to join their ranks. Angry with the system and politicians in Washington, Ashley Ehasz decided to run against incumbent President Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks / Montgomery) for Pennsylvania’s first congressional district.
Growing up was not easy for Ehasz and his family. Ehasz told the Delaware Valley Journal that she travels a lot and that instability drove her to join the military.
âUntil I was six, my mom and I lived in New Jersey, sometimes living in government housing,â Ehasz said. âAfter that, we started moving around Southeastern Pennsylvania a lot, eventually settling in Pen Argyl, where I graduated from Pen Argyl High School. Army. I entered West Point in the summer of 2006 at the age of 17, after my parents signed an age waiver. “
While the instability of his childhood prompted Ehasz to serve his country first, it was the events of the U.S. Capitol protest on January 6 that launched Ehasz in the race against Fitzpatrick.
âAs a veteran, I was deeply disturbed by the events of January 6,â said Ehasz, âand it is because of the inaction of politicians in Washington who let this division fester then. that they should have been looking to solve problems. “
Although Ehasz presents himself as a Democrat, his concerns are not confined to one political party. Its priority is to help residents of Bucks and Montgomery counties and the rest of the United States.
âI’m not interested in partisan politics,â Ehasz said. âI am running to represent the priorities of the people here in Bucks and Montgomery counties. People want their representative to come up with real solutions on how they can pay their rent, pay off their student loans and what the plan is for. strengthen economic resilience to the threat of climate change. “
When asked for her opinion on Fitzpatrick’s policies, Ehasz said she was frustrated by the slow progress towards abortion rights legislation.
“It is outrageous for me, and for so many people I talk to every day, that in 2021 we face an existential threat to reproductive health care and the right to choose, and that these are politicians in Washington like Brian Fitzpatrick who fan the flames of anti – choice rhetoric, “she said.
In addition to his pro-choice stance, Ehasz wants to bring relief to those struggling in Bucks and Montgomery counties.
âWhether you’re a young professional starting out or an older adult planning to retire, you feel the pressure on your wallet because the politicians in Washington aren’t getting anything done,â Ehasz said. âFor the first time in decades, students, workers, families and retirees are worse off than the previous generation, unable to put down a down payment, find a job with a living wage or pay the price of prescription drugs. “
As a commissioned officer, Ehasz says she learned valuable leadership lessons that will translate into how she approached issues in Congress.
âI graduated from West Point in 2010 and attended flight school, where I learned to fly the AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter,â she said. âMy first duty station was Fort Bliss, Texas, where I served as a section chief. From there, I deployed to Kuwait and then to Camp Taji, Iraq, as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. In 2016, after additional leadership training, I was granted the greatest privilege of my career: to become a company commander. I took command of an aviation maintenance troop at Fort Riley, Kansas, and then deployed to South Korea where I eventually took command of another troop in our unit. In 2018, after nearly nine years as a Commissioned Officer, I used the GI Bill to further my education, earning my Masters degree from the University of Oxford. “
Ehasz declares in her campaign launch video she is angry with a system that prevents families in Bucks and Montgomery counties from reaching higher goals for themselves.
“It’s time to send a representative to Washington who is not afraid to tackle tough issues, who will not back down from the anger Americans feel.”
Change is what Ehasz says she’s fighting for and she wants to make changes in Congress.
“I’m not a politician,” Ehasz says on her website. “I’m not going to Washington to get close to lobbyists – I’m going to roll up my sleeves and solve problems. When it comes to paying things like a mortgage, health care and student loans, I have skin. in the game. “
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