Elizabeth Betancourt is a new voice for the North State. She’s a small business owner and farmer. She’s spent her career as a rural advocate for our local communities.
Elizabeth Betancourt believes in transparency – in our leaders and in our state government. Agree or disagree, Elizabeth will always tell you where she stands. She doesn’t change who she is or what she says between one group and the next.
Elizabeth sees integrity and honesty as not only personal values, but also as a value that can be applied to organizations and governments; it might be thought of as “transparency” in government. Every Californian should be able to understand a policy decision or action as well as how to change it if needed. Whether it’s how a decision is made in Sacramento that impacts our lives in the North State, or how our tax dollars get spent – there are few problems that won’t be improved by some sunlight dispelling the shadows.
Elizabeth believes in our collective ability to address both the challenges at hand and those to come. With enough effort, we can find solutions that meet all our goals – not just one side over another. She practiced this approach throughout many years of helping local jurisdictions to negotiate watershed management through the state’s Integrated Regional Water Management effort. Through that process, she helped to bring millions of dollars to organizations throughout our communities, all based on the authentic collaboration of local groups and individuals. If we are authentic in our values – staying away from political posturing – we can be optimistic about finding a way forward.
“Running a small farm operation, I know that self-discipline and hard work can make all the difference between success and just getting by.” – Elizabeth Betancourt
We live in a world of instant gratification, which fosters a lack of control or dedication to a task. Too often, people become focused instead on talent or titles. If we are going to address the problems facing our state and our region, it is going to take hard work and discipline to the task – it’s going to take North State values – to get the job done.
Faith, Liberty, Equity
“My mother believed in the ‘light of Christ’ in every person on earth, and she passed that reverence for individual value on to me. As a person of faith, I am guided by the 25th Chapter of Matthew. How we treat those around us – regardless of their station in life – is the virtue by which we as individuals will be judged. I believe these are the standards by which our culture must be judged.” – Elizabeth Betancourt
Elizabeth’s faith guides her to believe that individuals have an inherent worth and dignity that is immutable no matter what they do, say, or believe. That principle includes the belief in a person’s unalienable rights to life, liberty, and personal security as well as equal protection under the law and protection against interference with personal privacy, family, and home.
In our country, this means equity under the law. Equity means that everyone has what they need to try to succeed. Equity isn’t a guarantor of success, but it is a guarantee of a fair opportunity to work for success. Elizabeth will always make decisions based on equity as it informs fairness, and that includes celebrating our commonalities as well as our differences.