My good friend Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is running for the Buncombe County [Board of Commissioners]. I’ve worked closely with Jasmine for the past four years at the Campaign for Southern Equality, and I’ve seen what she can accomplish. That’s why I’m volunteering on her campaign — we need leaders like Jasmine in government. We need her strength, her vision and her determination.
If we’re really committed to building a new South, we must elect leaders who truly represent the diversity of our community and whose lived experiences inform their approach to public policy. Our local elections, like this county [Board of Commissioners] race, are a powerful place to start.
Far too few women are elected to office at all levels of government; in fact, far too few run in the first place. The same goes for people of color and for LGBT individuals. Why is this? Women, people of color and LGBT people are often overlooked in the candidate recruitment process. And, when they do step up to run, they are often told they can’t win or they should wait their turn to run.
Jasmine has the strategic vision and leadership we need in our local politics. When Amendment One passed in North Carolina, many people said it would take 20 years for the law to change, but Jasmine knew we could do better. Jasmine and the Campaign for Southern Equality, together with a team of attorneys, plaintiffs and volunteers, worked to strike down that law in two years.
Jasmine’s visionary leadership and ability to organize and deliver social change is why she has my vote. I ask you to join me in supporting her.
— Aaron Sarver
Editor’s note: Sarver reports that he is serving as an unpaid campaign co-manager for Beach-Ferrara’s campaign.