Meet Ally

Hi, my name is Ally Layman – officially Allyson but my friends call me Ally – and I hope to be your next At-Large Huntington City Councilwoman.

I was born and raised in Huntington, WV. I have many fond memories of growing up here playing softball at League 5, attending school at Emmons and Highlawn Elementary, Enslow Middle School and Huntington East High School where both my parents were teachers. I was active in many school clubs and activities and in concert and marching band. I excelled in band where I was a member of the All Area and All-County Band and I was a Drum Major my senior year of high school. I attended Marshall University and Mountwest – graduating with my Allied Health Degree and went on to become a Certified Phlebotomist working at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

My passion for helping others has led me to my current public service role, serving on Huntington City Council. I have gained a wealth of knowledge about city government and what is needed to advocate for all citizens of our community. I strive every day to be a responsible steward of our great city, particularly through my work as Chair of the Public Works committee, and member of the Economic and Community Development, Public Safety, and Planning and Zoning committees.

I also believe in action – not just talk. I attend neighborhood meetings and community cleanups. I volunteer at the food bank, both downtown and distributing in my district. I keep constituents informed on my social media pages and spread the word about the 311 initiative. I read my packet in the days leading up to council meetings to understand the impact of our votes. I walk the community to speak with citizens and local businesses to understand YOUR perspective. I also attend national, state, and local events to advocate for our people and speak truth to those in power.

One of the most important roles of Council is to hold our mayor accountable as they guide our city. It is our responsibility to attend finance meetings and review the budget. I also speak with city department heads, including the police and fire chiefs, and the head of public works, to understand what our city is doing and make sure our citizens benefit. In this year of change at City Hall this role is especially important to help guide Huntington forward.

I have also worked for locally-owned businesses. Working in Huntington has allowed me to meet and connect with new people and make new friendships. I also enjoy meeting people through some of my favorite activities such as sports, hiking, fishing and swimming. On Marshall game days you’ll find me tailgating for the Herd. Everyone will tell you I’m outgoing and have never met a stranger! I love being around people, listening and learning from them. I’m passionate about our city and all it has to offer; I want the best for all of its people.

Over the past couple of years I have become devoted and more involved with various groups through memberships on the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and am a Commissioner on the Huntington Human Relations Committee. I am a founding member and President of Huntington Pride, and I am very proud of the work we’ve done over the last several years.

I want to be your At-Large City Councilwoman because I understand that responsive government requires every person to have a voice. I want to assure you that I will always be a positive voice and advocate for what is best for our entire city. Each person has value no matter their position in life. I am an ally to the community and represent many faces of our community. I am a wife, a hard-working citizen, a daughter of a retired school teacher, and have the ability to think outside the box to bring new ideas to create and foster positive change.

I understand the importance of listening before acting. Life experience has taught me the best decisions are those made after being well considered. I’m Ally Layman and I’m running for Huntington City Council – At Large. Check the box next to my name on Election Day.