Freeholder Ashley Bennett

At 32 years old, Ashley Bennett made national news when she defeated an incumbent Atlantic County Freeholder who mocked the 2017 Washington, C.D. Women’s March.

Her victory was significant not only because she was the first woman and first African American to ever hold that office, but her district, an entirely suburban district, was considered unachievable for someone who looked like Ashely.

In 2018, Freeholder Bennet made news again leading a Women’s March on the Atlantic City boardwalk. This Women’s March, dedicated to the memory and struggle of Fannie Lou Hamer, marched into the historic Boardwalk Hall Convention Center where Ms. Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom delegates were denied entry and recognition 55 years ago.

At the rally following the march, Ashley said Ms. Hamer's story powerfully resonated with her "because she gave voice to the voiceless and visibility to those of us who have been made to feel invisible." 

Freeholder Ashley Bennett is a breakthrough leader and a powerful civil rights women.

Atlantic County Freeholder