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North Carolina county commissioner and LGBTQ advocate launches bid to challenge GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn

March 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A North Carolina county official and longtime LGBTQ advocate announced Wednesday that she's challenging Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn in next year's midterm elections.

The Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, who currently serves as a Democratic commissioner in Buncombe County and has long worked to advance LGBTQ rights in the South, made the announcement in a campaign video in which she attacked Cawthorn, pointing to his January 6 speech to supporters of former President Donald Trump, some of whom later participated in the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol.

Though Cawthorn handily won North Carolina's 11th Congressional District last year, Beach-Ferrara's announcement could mean a rising star of the conservative right will have to fight a costly reelection bid, as Democratic challengers like Beach-Ferrara have raised hefty sums of money in the past when they have taken on Republicans such as Cawthorn who have drawn the ire of national Democrats.

In 2011, Beach-Ferrara founded the Campaign for Southern Equality, an LGBTQ rights group that has worked to advance marriage equality and increase health access and resources for the LGBTQ community in southern states.

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