About Elizabeth Law-Evans
Elizabeth Law-Evans was elected by Ward 1 in 2013. Her current term ends November, 2017. She is married with two children who are in college and middle school. She has lived in Broomfield since she was born.
Broomfield High School (1979), B.A. from University of Denver (Math and Geography, 1983), M.S. from University of Utah (Geography, 1985), Ph.D. from Colorado State University (Earth Resources, 1990)
Occupation and Experience
Commercial Real Estate Broker
Prior Community Service
I’ve served in many different volunteer roles, including classroom volunteer, PTO/SIT at Birch Elementary, Assistant Scoutmaster of BSA Troop 337, Sustainability Committee, Chamber of Commerce Board, and most recently, Chair and Board Member at Broomfield FISH.
Spare Time Activities
I really enjoy hanging out with my family and our dog, Leeta Carol. We do a lot of bicycling around Broomfield and camping in the mountains. Swimming has always been a passion of mine. I have a love of thinking and learning, and enjoy studying leadership and researching complicated issues.
Philosophy of Local Government
Candidates for City Council are often asked a simple question which may have a complicated answer: "What is your philosophy of local government?"
When thinking about this question, three quotes came to me. The first is the elegant, timeless language of the Declaration of Independence:
|"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness . . . "|
Aren't those glorious words? The founders of our country went out of their way to remind everyone that each of us have rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I have always believed that there's a thought they didn't explicitly include because they figured we already knew it: since government exists to support the people in their pursuit of happiness, sometimes that means the role of government is to get out of the way and let people freely pursue that happiness.
The second thought isn't really a quote. Star Trek's "Prime Directive" is a marvelous fictional construct that's simple yet has profound consequences. As I understand it, the basic idea is that on some level people (even if they're extraterrestrial aliens) should be accorded the dignity to run their own lives, for better or for worse. The implication is that government, of which Captain Kirk and his crew are employees, cannot fix everyone's problems and in many cases should not try to do so. What a delightful futuristic echo of our own Declaration of Independence!
I believe that while obviously government has a job to do, government should never try to do everything for everyone. Brilliant columnist Marilyn vos Savant put it well when she said that the essence of America is:
|"that perfect, delicate balance between freedom 'to' and freedom ‘from.’"|
As an elected official, I pledge to strive to find that balance, always.