1. What was your first campaign experience?
My first campaign experience was really running for this office. I met with the current representative and told him I was interested when he termed out.
2. In what ways have you made a tangible effect on your constituents’ lives during the past legislative session?
Really just being their voice for freedom. My constituents think government is too big and that it’s wasteful. When it comes to corporate welfare and tax credits, they have a lot of concerns and both parties have issues with those areas.
A lot of times constituents call in and don’t necessarily have a political issue but have a personal problem that we can help them with. One, for example, was a constituent who basically had their car stolen but they didn’t have the deed. I got them in touch with someone and they eventually got their car back.
3. Who from the opposing party do you most respect? And your own party?
I respect a lot of the people from both sides that hold office event thought we have disagreements.
On the other side, [Jamilah] Nasheed and Penny Hubbard, because they do what they think is right for their constituents despite what other people think.
From the Republicans, Paul Curtman, who I sit next to [in the House chamber]. He is a very articulate guy and is very intelligent. I really enjoy sitting next to him.
4. What was your dream job growing up?
When I was a really little kid, I always said I wanted to be a soccer player. And then in middle school and high school, I wanted to be a politician because I always thought it would be an interesting job.
5. What do you most enjoy about the interim?
It does give you a little bit of a break from the chaos of session. Plus, you have time to talk to people. I have had more meeting with constituents and the community. I enjoy that and getting back to my regular job.
Ashley Jost is no longer with The Missouri Times. She worked as the executive editor for several months, and a reporter before that.