WTF Endorsement: Julie Byrd Ashworth for State Representative

Julie Byrd Ashworth

WTF is proud to announce its endorsement of Julie Byrd Ashworth for State Representative in District 95 in Shelby County. Julie is the Democratic candidate in the June 15 special election to replace former Republican Representative Mark Lovell, who resigned his seat after allegations of sexual misconduct.

A lifelong resident of Tennessee, Julie has been an attorney for 28 years. Specializing in family law, she has worked on behalf of women clients who are victims of domestic violence, rape, and child abuse. An active volunteer in her church and community, Julie served 8 years as a Democratic Party Chair and is currently serving as Treasurer for the Democratic Women of Shelby County. She supports WTF priorities of health care access, reproductive justice, and strong public schools.

Here is Julie in her own words:

I fully support a woman’s right to reproductive freedom and privacy in making medical decisions. We must protect access to reproductive health care. If Planned Parenthood’s routine services for women are defunded, this valuable resource might no longer exist for women without access to adequate health care insurance or providers for these services. In our district, other than two hospitals, there are no other providers for free/reduced rate family planning or routine gynecological care other than Planned Parenthood’s facility in Memphis.

I fully support accessible and affordable health care. I am self‐employed, and when the A.C.A. became available in 2014, I signed up. The coverage is better, all my preventative care is covered, and it is less expensive than the former insurance I purchased. I have every intention of pressing the Tennessee Legislature to pass Insure Tennessee, accept the TennCare/Medicaid expansion available to us, and restore our state’s healthcare system. Our state’s healthcare system has needlessly suffered rural hospital and clinic closures because of the lack of funding.

The citizens of District 95 deserve a deserve a qualified advocate committed to their interests, and Julie Byrd Ashworth will be that advocate.

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