Councilman, Ward 4
In 2006 my wife of 30 years and I chose to live and raise our two daughters in Thornton. We proudly call Thornton our home. Serving my country and community is second nature to me. I believe that serving the people requires every bit of experience to fulfill the needs and wants of what is really important to a community. As a United States Marine, I have had the honor to serve my country in the Persian Gulf War. In addition to being a proud veteran, I have been a police officer for over 23 years, protecting and serving the people of New York City, Los Angeles, and Colorado where I currently have the privilege to serve as a Westminster police officer. Over the course of my career as a first responder, I have had the opportunity to serve local communities and learn firsthand how to respond to any given situation. My experiences have provided me with an acute understanding of the needs of a community and I am thankful that this has sharpened my leadership skills to put forth the effort to lead the great City of Thornton and represent its citizens by being their voice and seeing their vision.
I firmly believe I can uphold the responsibility to successfully work with and for the citizens of Thornton to achieve the goals we set for our city. I am dedicated to ensuring that we continue positive development in our city and we see forth the efforts to come that will test my true leadership abilities. I will remain a resounding advocate for safer and cleaner streets, thriving community land, smoother roads, education, and ensuring continued positive support of our veterans. This is my home and my efforts are for my hundred thousand plus neighbors. We all share a common vision, to live, work, and raise a family in a place we are proud of.
Contact Karen Bigelow
Council member, Ward 4
Karen Bigelow is a Colorado native who grew up in Denver and moved to Thornton in 2000. She and her husband raised their three boys in and around Thornton and all three boys attended our local public schools. Karen is proud to be a military wife and mother, as her husband is a retired Army Airborne Ranger, and her oldest son attends West Point Military Academy.
Karen’s experience in marketing and communications in fields like healthcare, technology, banking, and start-ups will serve our community well. She currently manages Corporate Social Responsibility for Premier Members Credit Union where she works to give back to the communities they serve. She is proud to work closely in the areas of education and sustainability.
Karen has always been a community advocate, volunteering to serve on committees and actively fundraising for multiple non-profits such as Foodbank of the Rockies, Growing Home, Food For Hope, Broomfield FISH, Smart Commute Metro North, Adams County Regional Economic Development, and the Five Star Education Foundation (Adams 12). She currently sits on the Leadership Advisory Board for Adams County Regional Economic Development and the Adams County Sheriff’s Citizen’s Advisory Board along with several other committees.
Karen is committed to serving each and every resident in our city, advocating for what they need and making sure their voices are heard. Karen will work to provide open communication to our residents and make sure they understand that everything done in local politics is accessible and transparent.