“At the end of the 2015 elections, we could easily have only one or two women on the Seattle City Council. This is at a time when Seattle has the fifth worst gender pay gap in the country. These gender equity issues need to be addressed and that’s why I’m running,” said Beach.
Specifically addressing LGBT rights, Beach told The Seattle Lesbian exclusively: “I think a lot of the issues I’ve seen that affect the LGBT community mirror the work I’ve been championing for women’s rights: equal treatment in the workplace, reproductive rights and freedom, and access to culturally relevant healthcare. There are particularly large disparities when you look at members of the trans community, I want to be the leader on the City Council to close these gaps, and right now people aren’t really talking about them or taking action on them.”
Beach is currently a Commissioner and Chair of the Economic & Educational Opportunities Committee on the Seattle Women’s Commission. She also serves as a Legislative and Public Policy Advocate with Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and as a blood drive coordinator with the Puget Sound Blood Center. She currently works at the American Red Cross.
“This is not about grandstanding, this is about governing. I am not running to make speeches. I’m running to get the five votes necessary to change city policy regarding gender pay inequities, full funding of maternity and parental leave, small business assistance, and housing discrimination – especially against families,” said Beach.
“I have a long-term vision of Seattle as the venture capital, incubator and entrepreneurial epicenter for female owned businesses, particularly tech businesses including providing more STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] opportunities for young girls. We should be making an amazing, bold statement about our values and commitment to social justice as we cement Seattle as a central hub for the technology sector. The gender pay gap is simply unacceptable, I want us to start living up to our reputation as a progressive city” added Beach.
Beach lives in the Portage Bay neighborhood of Seattle.