Ashley Carson Cottingham

Ashley Carson Cottingham

Ashley Carson Cottingham

Candidate for Marion County Commission Position 3

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Current Occupation: Deputy Director, Long-Term Care Ombudsman, State of Oregon

Occupational Background: 

  • Director, Aging and People with Disabilities, Oregon Department of Human Services
  • Executive Director, Older Women’s League 

Volunteer Experience:

  • Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children
  • Domestic Violence Hotline Volunteer

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts – University of Oregon; 
  • JD – Vermont Law School

Prior Governmental Experience: 

  • U.S Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health & Aging (Staff Director)
  • U.S Senate Committee on Aging (staff)
  • Governor’s Prison Reentry Council (agency representative)
  • Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office (intern)

Back to Basics: Let’s Focus Most on Family and Community Success

Success Starts with Stable, Affordable Housing and we need more of it if we are going to overcome this housing crisis. We also need low-barrier shelters, women’s shelters, and housing with support services. I have fought to ensure that the chronically homeless are able to be housed along with the long-term care and mental health care needed to stay housed. 

People Need Jobs that Allow Them to Support Their Families and that’s why I support labor unions, job retraining and removing barriers to employment. I’ve also worked to create jobs and grow the number of in-home caregivers across Oregon to meet the needs of an againg population.

Access to Comprehensive Healthcare is a Human Right, which includes mental health and addiction services. In my career, I have advocated for Oregon’s seniors, veterans and people with disabilities to ensure there are strong long-term care services, meals, and mental health supports to be independent and healthy.

Sustainable Approaches to Our Natural Resources are good for public health and our economy. We rely on the hard work of farmers and foresters. Past generations of my family were both. We must ensure sustainability of our land and environment, protect the health of farmworkers and keep our resources strong for the next generations. 


  • Marion-Polk-Yamhill Central Labor Chapter
  • Mike Ellison – Union Electrician 
  • Laura Fender – Salem Keizer Public Schools Teacher
  • Deb Patterson – SEIU Local 503 Member and Senate District 10 Candidate
  • Sadie Carney – Former Marion County Commissioner Candidate