MONTPELIER — Ashley Hill, 30, is throwing her hat in the ring to land one of three senate seats to represent Washington County. Current senators are Anthony Pollina, P/D – Middlesex, William Doyle, R – Montpelier and Ann Cummings, D-Montpelier. Hill, who lives on Barre Street, studied law at Suffolk University and has been deputy state’s attorney in Addison County for over a year.
Hill is interested in criminal justice and said she has a bird’s eye view of the issues Vermonters are facing. “A lot of the people we deal with in the criminal justice system have greater needs than the criminal jusice system can help,” she said in a Skype interview with The Bridge November 15. Hill said she would make a good candidate because she can relate to people who sruggle to get by financially. “I have been down and out … not on the verge of utter despair or ruin, but someone who remembers very well what it is like to be in those circumstances. I am excited and optimistic that my life experiences have prepared me for this in a different way than other politicians because I’ve lived it,” Hill said.
She also said she strongly supports education because “education is expensive, but it is an upfront investment in our future. It gives people hope and allows people the opportunity to change their life.”
Hill said if she had to find places to cut the state’s budget, she would look to the department of corrections. She said the practice of sending prisoners out of state to serve sentences in private prisons costs way too much money. It also puts prisoners at a disadvantage when it comes time to get out becuase they have almost no social support during their time hundreds of miles away from friends and family.
But first, Hill will have to win the seat of power. “Ever since I was a little kid, I knew I was going to be a lawyer. I worked hard. I connected with Emerge Vermont (an organization that trains and encourages women to run for office) because I wanted to be in politics. It would be amazing if Washington County could have three Democrats in the State House.”
Though not allowed to formally file for candidacy until April 25, Ashley is going to start getting the word out this month by knocking on doors in Barre and Montpelier to get to know her future constituents.