About Carrie Evans*
I was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and moved to Minot when my Mom married her teenage sweetheart who was stationed at Minot, AFB. I attended Jim Hill and graduated from Bishop Ryan in 1988. After graduating from Minot State with a B.A. in Sociology, I left Minot. My first destination was graduate school at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. After receiving a Masters in Sociology I returned to Canada to attend law school. At Osgoode Hall (in Toronto) I specialized on Indigenous Peoples and the Law. After law school I moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to serve as the Deputy Executive Director at the Battered Women’s Program. This is where I got a crash course in fighting for social justice. This is where I met Chris Daigle. He became my political mentor and started me down the path of becoming a political junkie. After living in so many different cities, I was ready to settle down and moved to the Washington D.C. area, arriving one day before 9/11. I was honored to work at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (now The Task Force) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). These two national organizations are on the national front-lines of securing equality for LGBTQ people and our families. After these tenures, I decided to work on the state level securing LGBTQ equality and went to Equality Maryland. In 2017, I was at a crossroads - in my personal and professional lives. I decided to come home to Minot to figure things out – to spend time with my mom, dad, sister, brother and two nephews.
I did not expect to stay for very long. However, to my delight, Minot had become more diverse and more welcoming than it felt when I left at age 19. I fell in love with the “new Minot” and decided to stay and run for a seat on the Minot City Council. I was elected on June 9, 2020 and sworn in and chosen as the Council Vice-President on June 23, 2020. I am eager and excited to be part of continuing to move Minot forward and bringing a new voice and perspective to the Council.
If you would like to read my professional resume, click here.
*Prior to 1998 my last name was Forshner