Ashton Simpson

Ashton Simpson

Metro Council

District 1

Why I'm running.

I’m a proud East County resident, nonprofit executive, community activist and advocate, veteran, father, PSU alum and a committed public servant. Living in East County I’ve seen firsthand how this growing part of the region has been overlooked — in investments in walkable and safe neighborhoods, transportation infrastructure, jobs, educational opportunities, housing for all incomes and addressing the issues of homelessness.
I’m running for Metro Council because I want to help move our community forward — for everyone.

My top 3 priorities.

Ensure a sustainable, safe and thriving community for our families and future generations, Expand family-wage construction job access for women and people of color through Metro’s Construction Career Pathways program, Grow our green space network with more parks and trails to create healthier neighborhoods, regardless of your zip code.

Why voters should choose me.

As an Air Force Civil Engineering Technician, E-4, I learned the value of service, teamwork and never leaving anyone behind. Raised in Houston, I saw the consequences of underinvestment and poorly planned growth, most recently with the devastation of Hurricane Harvey wiping out whole communities.
Here, we face challenges that include growth, housing affordability and houselessness, economic development, infrastructure, and a need to address the impact of climate change while preparing for a Cascadian Subduction Zone earthquake — all things we must tackle together. As we are forever interconnected, so are the issues we must face.
I’m running for Metro Council to ensure we address our most pressing issues — together.