I’m Beth Sorrell and I’m running for Ashe County Commissioner. As Commissioner, I will work to make Ashe County an even better place for everyone to live. My top priorities include:
increasing availability of safe and affordable housing;
growing our outdoor economy by creating more greenspace and recreational opportunities leading to improved health outcomes;
improving access to healthcare, including supporting our local hospital;
protecting our water, forestlands, and other natural resources;
supporting education and the creation of jobs that provide a living wage
I grew up in Asheville and later moved to Boone and graduated from ASU in 1995. I joined the Peace Corps and spent three years in Tanzania focusing on community-based natural resource management. Later, I earned a master’s degree in Public Health Education at UNC-CH, and then spent a year in Ethiopia working in community health education. These experiences living in the poorest parts of the world have opened my eyes to many different perspectives and taught me that no challenge is too great.
Since moving to Ashe County in 1999, I’ve been involved in many community endeavors and organizations. I’ve been an advocate for the Latino community, initially as part of High Country Amigos volunteering at the Ashe Latino Center and I’ve used my Spanish skills as an interpreter at the Free Clinic, DSS and wherever needed. I helped organize a handful of Latino Festivals and Feasts and I’ve been teaching ESL for 15 years. I’ve volunteered and served on the board of Ashe County Habitat for Humanity since 2013 where I’ve had a turn as treasurer, president, and currently vice-president. I’ve been on the board of Summit Support Services of Ashe since 2012 where I’m currently president.
For the past 15 years I’ve worked for Wilkes Community College teaching in the Ashe Family Literacy program helping residents complete their high school education, gain skills in parenting, career and college preparation. Now I feel that I have reached a point where I can serve the county by offering a new voice to a County Commission that is currently out of balance. Ashe County has great potential to move forward and create a place where everyone can thrive and I will work to make that happen.