Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is a two-term Buncombe County Commissioner. She won her most recent election by double digits against a popular, well-known Republican. On the commission, Jasmine has helped to expand access to early childhood education, delivered solutions to families struggling with the opioid crisis and worked to bring good, family-supporting jobs to Western North Carolina. Before this, Jasmine served as the executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality, where she helped win marriage equality in Mississippi and North Carolina by showing up in small towns and telling the stories of LGBTQ+ families. An ordained minister, service and faith are the driving forces in Jasmine’s work.
Jasmine grew up in North Carolina and received her undergraduate degree from Brown University. She holds a Master of Fine Arts and completed her Master of Divinity School at Harvard Divinity School. She served on the Biden Foundation’s Advisory Council for Advancing LGBTQ Equality. Jasmine and her wife, Meghann, live in Asheville with their three children.
When elected, Beach-Ferrara will be one of the first openly LGBTQ representatives elected from the South — along with other Equality PAC endorsed LGBTQ congressional candidates Clay Aiken in North Carolina and Michele Rayner in Florida.