Beth Doglio, Campaign Director for Climate Solutions and former Roosevelt Elementary PTA President, is seeking re-election to the 22nd Legislative House seat, Position 2. She has been honored to hold this seat since January, 2017 having taken on the trust and aspirations of her community, to help secure a thriving, sustainable, just and compassionate future for us all.
“As a woman with over thirty years of experience working on a wide range of progressive issues, our legislature makes key decisions that shape our community and our future. I was proud to sponsor legislation or budget requests addressing climate change, protecting survivors of domestic violence from workplace discrimination, strengthening living wage laws, ensuring equal pay for equal work, expanding access to women’s healthcare, gun responsibility measures and ensuring children have access to healthcare. I will continue to advocate for our state employees, LGBTQ issues, and a strong social safety net.
After seeing pictures of the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, Doglio bought a one-way ticket to Seattle in 1987, having just graduated cum laude from Indiana University. With several campaigns for Democrats under her belt, she served on the field teams for Jolene Unsoeld’s first two successful runs for Congress (1988 and 1990).
Beth Doglio was then hired as the first Executive Director of Washington Conservation Voters building the organization into a political force dedicated to electing conservationists at all levels of government. In 1995, she went to work for NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, defending the rights of women to have access to full reproductive healthcare.
Currently, Beth is the Campaign Director for Climate Solutions, a regional non-profit with its roots in Thurston County dedicated to practical and profitable solutions to global warming. She directed the Power Past Coal coalition which mobilized over 17,000 people to stand up against exporting coal to Asia through our communities, and supporting a just and rapid transition to a clean energy economy rich with family-wage jobs. “It’s time to get on with the transition from dirty fuels to clean energy. With drought causing raging fires and threatening the snowpack we depend upon for our water supply, we can’t afford to wait any longer. I work tirelessly to speed this transition, which will bring better jobs and protect our environment for generations to come."
Beth is a working parent raising two boys, Aspen, 14 (Olympia High School) and Ian, 19 (College sophomore). She has been married for 23 years to Dr. Eddy Cates, a family physician at Pioneer Family Practice. Here in Thurston County, in addition to working on many campaigns for progressive Democrats, she co-chaired the successful Olympia Parks and Sidewalks campaign, worked with the Washington Toxics Coalition to reduce the use of pesticides in local parks and school playgrounds and volunteered at Roosevelt Elementary in the classroom and on the PTA.