Press release from Jasmine Beach-Ferrara for Congress:
Jasmine Beach-Ferrara announced her bid for Congress this morning, sharing a launch video with supporters on social media. The video tells her story of continually beating the odds and defying conventional wisdom, from getting ordained as a minister, to advocating and winning victories for marriage equality across the Deep South, and then winning a seat on the Buncombe County Commission.
As a commissioner, Jasmine has earned a reputation as a pragmatic problem-solver who knows how to bring people together to deliver results for working families, working to bridge the commission’s partisan divide to help expand access to early childhood education, tackle the opioid epidemic and keep people safe during the pandemic.
An ordained minister, founding Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE), and two-term Buncombe County commissioner, Jasmine has spent her career upending expectations and successfully organizing for change by engaging with communities that have far too often been written off.
Jasmine is running to take on Congressman Madison Cawthorn, who spent weeks peddling conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, helped incite an insurrection on January 6th and then voted to overturn the election, even after a violent mob stormed the Capitol.
“I’m running because Western North Carolina families deserve better than they’re getting from Madison Cawthorn. My faith teaches me that leadership starts with empathy, compassion, and listening and then getting to work to help people. That’s the kind of leadership I want to offer instead of the division and mean-spiritedness we’re getting now,” said Jasmine. “This is going to be a campaign built on bringing people together, finding common ground, organizing everywhere and talking about the issues that actually matter to people’s lives.”
Jasmine Beach-Ferrara has assembled a seasoned team of experienced campaign professionals who know how to elect Democrats in challenging environments. Veteran strategist Eric Hyers leads the team, bringing years of experience electing Democrats to statewide and federal office in tough states. Eric managed winning gubernatorial races for Andy Beshear (KY, 2019), Steve Bullock (MT, 2016) and Gina Raimondo (RI, 2014), as well as congressional campaigns for David Cicilline (RI-01, 2012 and 2010). Most recently, Eric served as the Michigan State Director for the Biden for President campaign.
Polling: Jeffrey Liszt, Partner, ALG Research: Jeff Liszt is a partner in ALG Research, a nationally-recognized Democratic polling firm which represents President Biden and five Governors including Roy Cooper of North Carolina. Jeff conducted quantitative and qualitative research for the 2008 and 2012 Obama Presidential campaigns in seven states, including Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. He also conducted quantitative and qualitative research for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Jeff has polled for Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Democratic Governors Association independent expenditures. Jeff has conducted public opinion research in over 100 countries, including the largest global study of anti-Semitism. His non-profit clients include the Ford Foundation, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Gates Foundation.
Media: Clare Gannon and Mattis Goldman, Partners, Three Point Media: Clare Gannon and Mattis Goldman are partners at Three Point Media, a strategic advertising company that helps elect Democratic candidates and advance progressive causes all across the country. With award-winning TV, radio, and digital advertising, Three Point has helped elect Democrats at every level, including over 20 members of Congress. From overcoming the biggest self-funder in Congressional history to defeating Republicans in Trump states, Three Point knows what it takes to win tough campaigns.
Digital: Eric Goldman, Partner, Break Something: Eric Goldman is an experienced political strategist and campaign manager who has overseen local, state, and federal races throughout the United States including managing Gretchen Whitmer’s winning campaign manager in 2018. At the award-winning digital agency, Break Something, Eric approaches fundraising and advertising campaigns holistically, built from years of on the ground experience on some of the country’s hardest fought races.
Mail: Nadia Garnett and Adnaan Muslim, Partners, Deliver Strategies: Nadia Garnett and Adnaan Muslim have won tough races at campaigns of every level. As two of the country’s best Democratic mail consultants, they most recently helped elect Senators Raphael Warnock and John Hickenlooper. In 2020 they helped Senator Ed Markey win an upset primary against Congressman Joe Kennedy, and in 2018 they helped both Ayanna Pressley and Jahana Hayes win their primaries on their way to Congress. Nadia and Adnaan also work for Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, and Colorado Governor Jared Polis.