Endorsed Candidate: Kenneth (Ken) J. Ashman

Ken Ashman
Ken Ashman has been a Riverwoods resident for the last 14 years and is seeking his first term on the DPS 109 Board of Education. All four of his children have either attended, or are currently attending district schools, including one who has special needs. This has allowed him to experience the panoply of educational services offered in the district.

What does he seek to achieve if elected? “Ensuring that our children and those that come after them have the best educational opportunities and instruction is my top priority,” Ashman explained.

An attorney concentrating in business litigation and intellectual property, Ashman is also a Due Process Hearing Officer with the Illinois State Board of Education, where he adjudicates disputes between parents and school districts concerning special education issues. 

Following his BA in education from Arizona State University and time spent teaching, Ashman attended the law schools at Boston University and New York University. After working several years for international law firms in New York, Ashman clerked for the Honorable Frederic Block, a U.S. district judge in New York.

In 1997, he founded his own law firm, Ashman Law Offices,LLC, which has offices in Chicago, Lake Forest, and New York.  He has been named one of ‘Chicago’s Top-Rated Lawyers’ and earned a ‘Super Lawyers’ designation for multiple years.  He is rated ‘AV Preeminent’ by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, its highest rating for both legal ability and ethics, and earned a perfect 10.0 rating from Avvo.”

“Having the ability to weigh the competing sides of an issue and make sound, merit-based decisions is a key quality of a good board member, whether in a corporate or governmental setting,” Ashman said. “I hope and expect that my experience doing just that will serve me and the district well as a board member.”

Ashman is cofounder of a nonprofit pediatric oncology camp, Kids Are Kids Chicago, and serves as president of Workforce Solutions, a nonprofit designed to help the difficult-to-employ.