Bowling Green attorney running for Jody Richards' house seat

Ashlea Shepherd Porter
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) -- A Bowling Green attorney files to run for Jody Richards' seat. Friday Ashlea Shepherd Porter formally announced she will run as a democratic candidate for the 20th District State House of Representatives.

Porter is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky College of Law. She is a partner at Crain-Schuette Attorneys.

Republican Ben Lawson and democrat Patti Minter have both announced their intentions to run for Richards' seat as well.

Below is Ashlea Shepherd Porter's News Release



On January 19, 2018, Ashlea Shepherd Porter formally announced that she will run as a Democratic candidate for the State House of Representatives in the 20th District. She travelled to Frankfort today to
officially file her Notification and Declaration of Candidacy.

Ashlea believes that each Bowling Green resident is vital to our city’s continued growth and development. She emphasizes that without every person’s dedication to their own dreams, the community as a whole cannot achieve theirs. Her goal is for Bowling Green to continue to excel through increased economic and industrial opportunities, infrastructure development, funding to our public schools and universities, and
support of our local businesses and workforce. Ashlea is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky College of Law. She is a partner at Crain | Schuette Attorneys where she focuses in the area of family law, mediation and civil litigation.

Ashlea stated, “I have devoted the past nine years to speaking for the children and families of our community in the courtroom, and I believe now is the time for me to speak for every resident of Bowling Green
in Frankfort. Each citizen needs to have their voice heard by our government, but they all have businesses to run, patients to see, people to protect, and customers to feed. Their part of our Bowling Green dream needs them here. Send me. I will listen to your needs, and I will go speak for you in Frankfort.”

In 2017, Ashlea was named CASA Guardian ad Litem of the year for her dedication to representing children in Dependency, Neglect and Abuse Actions in South Central Kentucky. She is active in the community, providing support to numerous local charities, and serves as an Advisor to the Chi Omega Fraternity. Ashlea is a former member of the Western Kentucky University Young Alumni Council, and served as a Spirit Master during her time at WKU. Ashlea is the wife of Todd Porter, a Sergeant with the Bowling Green Police Department, and a 1st Lieutenant in the Kentucky Army National Guard. Her father, Roger Shepherd, is a retired small business owner, and her mother, Cindy Shepherd, is a retired public school teacher.

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