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Commissioner Biography

District 5 - Elizabeth Butler

Elizabeth Butler became a resident of Apache Junction in 2009 fulfilling a longtime dream to live in the Southwest. An avid horseback rider, Elizabeth immediately became active with the East Valley Back Country Horsemen, organizing and participating in dozens of events to maintain trails on the State Trust Land surrounding the City of Apache Junction and on the Tonto National Forest. Since 2012, Elizabeth has been a member of the Pinal Partnership Northern Region Open Space Group participating in desert cleanups and educating the public about Open Space in Pinal County. In 2013, Elizabeth completed the Para-Archaeologist class through the Tonto National Forest. She has volunteered for several excavations and will be assisting with archaeological surveys in San Tan Mountain Regional Park. Elizabeth works part-time preparing individual income taxes.

Elizabeth grew up in a small town in southern Minnesota. Access to an arboretum with lakes, streams and trails just a few blocks from her home allowed Elizabeth to developed a love of the outdoors while spending hours playing, biking and riding her horse in that arboretum. Always a trail rider, she also showed her horses at Open, Quarter Horse and Paint Horse shows. Elizabeth served as a member of the Minnesota Equestrian Advisory Group (EAG) from its inception in 2007 through 2011. The EAG advised the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources how to allocate funds collected from a horse trail pass.

Elizabeth is delighted to be a member of the Open Space and Trails Advisory Commission and to help Pinal County implement our Open Space and Trails Master Plan. She would like to talk with anyone who has an interest in Open Space or Trails in Pinal County.