CASPER, Wyo — “Let’s be clear: I am not a politician,” said Carl Beach, Democratic candidate for U.S. House, on his campaign website. “And I will not let party allegiances, money, or special interest groups influence the decisions I make for the people of Wyoming.”
Beach, born in Rawlins, faces Lynnette Grey Bull and Carol Hafner for the Democratic nomination in the August 18 primary. The winner of the race will face either Liz Cheney or Blake Stanley in the general election.
Beach told Oil City News in an email his platform was informed by practical career experiences in international education that allowed him to live and work in Thailand, Germany, South Korea, Spain, France, and Poland.
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“All of these experiences, as well as my personal interests in social justice and conservation, have informed my political stances and provided me a unique vision for the future of Wyoming,” Beach said.
He said one of his immediate priorities in Congress would be expanding infrastructure for rural communities by way of access to affordable housing, water and waste management facilities, and broadband connectivity.
He said comprehensive data protection legislation was also needed.
“Currently, the US has a patchwork of laws and regulations for protecting individual data and how it is used. Often, these laws are contradictory or specific only to certain industries. With multiple data breaches and foreign interference becoming a standard aspect to online life, we must ensure that everyone knows how their personal data is being used, how to consent to its use, and who to contact if they feel it is not being used appropriately,” Beach said.
Beach added that the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act and the surveillance powers of the FBI should be reexamined: “We need to balance national security with the rights of our citizens and right now, this power is slanted too far against our individual rights.”
He said Wyoming’s current representatives had a “dire” track record on environmental and social justice issues. He said the “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act” would have enacted a necessary restructuring of the criminal justice system and more effectively appropriated funding for the police.
Beach said the CARES Act was a necessary, if flawed piece of legislation, saying it needed to be more streamlined in order to get support to the people who needed it most: individuals, families, and small businesses.
“A direct, short-term subsidization of wages would provide both employers and employees incentive to either stay on the payroll or be rehired and allow workers to easily return to full time once safely able to do so. This would also provide a framework for a future economy that is resilient to such shocks.”
Beach said he would work towards equality for all people in social and employment situations, a single-payer health care system, a “more progressive tax system,” and for delivering a viable and protected environment for future generations.
Beach grew up in a rural community on the edge of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. received my BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Northern Colorado.
More on Beach’s platform is available on his campaign website.
Beach also appeared on a debate with Grey Bull on Wyoming PBS July 30.