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BETTY LAW — A NATURAL 4 FREDERICK

New Leadership for Frederick County District 4

Hello! My name is Elizabeth Law.  Please call me “Betty”. I believe that the unique combination of my education and professional experience as both a special education teacher and later as an engineer prepares me for the complicated challenges our County will face.  I hold two masters’ degrees; a Master’s of Science in Special Education and a Master's of Engineering in Electric Power from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

As a special education teacher at a psychiatric center, I was a mental health professional as well as a teacher.  This experience gives me a deep understanding of the issues of mental health and the need to maintain a quality public school system for all students. 

I was an engineer at Bechtel Power and later at Con Edison, (the utility for New York City). At Con Ed, I successfully managed multi-million-dollar infrastructure budgets and analyzed the city’s power system to maintain reliability. This required an understanding of highly complex urban infrastructure.  Thus, I can evaluate infrastructure issues under consideration by the County Council.

At the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), I investigated blackouts and evaluated the performance of major utilities. Enforcing mitigation required me to stand up to powerful managers.

I am a resident of the City of Frederick.  I advocate for smarter growth and responsible development, including protecting residents from known contamination at Ft. Detrick Area B.  I seek to preserve the Historic District and am concerned with the cumulative effects of development, traffic and stormwater management.   

 

Throughout my adult life I advocated for the right to clean air, clean water, the preservation of unspoiled land and protection from irresponsible development.  Elected officials need to understand the reality of climate change and act to mitigate its effects.  I will include consideration of climate change when evaluating any legislation. 

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BETTY HAS SERVED ON THE FREDERICK COUNTY SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION SINCE OCTOBER 2018 TO THE PRESENT, AND WAS CHAIR FROM AUGUST 2020 to JULY 2021. BETTY IS FRONT ROW, THIRD FROM LEFT.

Current Civic Associations

After retiring I immediately involved myself in a series of environmental and civic organizations. These include:

Frederick County Sustainability Commission (past Chair)

Fort Detrick Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) –Members are advised by the US Army, MDE and EPA on the monitoring and planned mitigation of the Area B Toxic waste/ Superfund Site. An ad hoc Group of RAB members and citizens is dedicated to stopping the city’s plan to build a road through Ft. Detrick Area B and to revising the city Land Management Code (LMC) to include an environmental assessment and protection from vapor intrusion (VI) from contaminated groundwater.

Climate Change Working Group

Sierra Club Catoctin Group (Treasurer)

Frederick Citizens for Responsible Growth — An ad hoc group dedicated to bringing businesses that are good neighbors and sensitive, responsible development to Frederick City

 

Past Civic Associations

Responsible Industrial Development (RID) — Dearbought community members successfully fought the city’s plan to zone for heavy industry along Monocacy Blvd. The area now has office buildings.

Stop the Incinerator (Amenia, New York) — An ad hoc group in upstate New York that successfully stopped Dutchess County from turning a scenic landscape into a county dump and incinerator. The scenic view has been preserved.

Professional Employees Federation (PEF) Council Leader and Chief Steward — Served for 9 years as leader of 500 professional workers at a psychiatric center in upstate New York where I worked as a special education teacher.