Olympia – Beth Doglio, Campaign Director for Climate Solutions and former Roosevelt Elementary PTA President, announced her campaign today for the 22nd Legislative House seat, Position 2. This is the seat –being vacated by Representative Sam Hunt, who has announced he will campaign for the State Senate in 2016.
“As a woman with thirty years of experience working on a wide range of progressive issues, I know our legislature makes key decisions that shape our community and our future. The 22nd District needs a dedicated representative with deep experience on a broad spectrum of issues including women's rights, economic justice, environmental issues, health care and education. I am ready to take on the trust and aspirations of my community, to secure a thriving, sustainable, just and compassionate future for us all,” said Doglio.
Building on her deep connections throughout the district, Beth has already begun meeting new folks, listening and learning even more about community successes and challenges. She already has a strong fundraising start - nearly $30,000 in the bank and pledged.
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. For the last five years, she has directed the Power Past Coal coalition which has 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 will 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, 11 and Ian, 16. She has been married for 20 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.
“I am a working mom raising two kids. I am a daughter who cared for a mother who recently passed away from Alzheimer’s. I know first-hand the importance of winning paid sick days and paid family medical leave for the women and men currently denied those benefits. Two-thirds of workers earning minimum wage are women, who often single-handedly care for their children and their parents. Moving towards a $15 minimum wage and providing paid sick and family medical leave are steps toward stemming the ever growing problem of income inequality.”