Candidate in race for U.S. House District 11 on Tuesday, November 8, 2022
As a Buncombe County Commissioner, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and the founding Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE), Jasmine Beach-Ferrara has overturned expectations and created positive change for her community.
Jasmine was raised in North Carolina by a single mom who worked as a public health nurse. Her mom instilled in Jasmine the importance of faith-driven empathy and service that shaped the trajectory of her life. Jasmine initially went to college to become a doctor but then felt called to ministry and went to divinity school, becoming ordained as a minister.
Service and faith are the driving forces in her work, from teaching in prisons to founding an organization to advocate for LGBTQ equality across the Deep South. By showing up—especially in small towns—and telling the stories of families, Jasmine’s organization (CSE) helped win marriage equality in North Carolina and Mississippi. Her background as an organizer shapes how she approaches breaking through entrenched fault-lines to create change.
Jasmine heard over and over that she didn’t have a chance to win a seat on the Buncombe County Commission when she first ran. But not only did she win in 2016, she then earned reelection by double digits against a widely popular Republican opponent in 2020.
She now serves as Chair of the Early Childhood Education and Development Committee.
As commissioner, Jasmine focuses on policies that create a community where every child can thrive, and where people feel a sense of belonging and can live up to their full potential.
I support legalizing marijuana and taxing it to create much-needed revenue for public education and drug treatment programs. From medicinal properties to supporting 21st century farming to economic development, it's time to legalize, regulate, and tax it.
This is also a matter of reforming our criminal justice system. We know that marijauna sentencing has disproportionately affected communities of color; it’s a systemic wrong that should be addressed immediately. Part of any legislation legalizing marijuana should also include plans to expunge past convictions.
A Indicates that this candidate has publicly declared their support for the legalization and regulation of marijuana for adults
Post Office Box 7553
Asheville, NC 28802