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CAMAS DESERVES BETTER!

Transparency. Accountability. Effective Leadership.

I’m a native Washingtonian.  I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and Seattle University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate.  After law school, I practiced as a judicial clerk for Chief Justice Gerry Alexander at the Washington State Supreme Court, and as a Judicial law clerk for Justice N. Patrick Crooks of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  I then went on to work as a Deputy King County Prosecutor prior to joining private practice where I focused primarily on school law and land use property rights issues.

In 2003, I retired from legal work to focus on raising our family.  My husband and I have been married for 19 years.  Despite my education and legal successes, my greatest achievements are my four children. Our oldest will be a Senior at Camas High School next year, our two middle sons will be at Skyridge Middle School, and our youngest daughter will be a kindergartener at Prune Hill Elementary.

I am running for City Council because Camas deserves better! Camasonians deserve to be meaningfully heard and participate with transparent, accountable and effective City leadership. As a City Council member, I am ready to step up and show that there is a better way to lead our community. I am ready to protect our schools, our public safety, our local business community and our parks and environment – things we value as members of this special community.  All the while, holding myself and our City leadership accountable to the citizens of Camas.

As a retired attorney, business owner, wife and mother of four, I am dedicated to preserving and protecting our incredible community for future generations by casting sunlight on the decision-making process that affects Camas residents.  As City Councilmember, I will strive to create an open and transparent two-way communication between government and citizens, and never forget that I work for and answer to the citizens of Camas.  From $78 million dollar pool bonds to tens of millions of dollars spent on private land acquisitions, this Council has kept citizens in the dark too long. I will never approve excessive spending on purchases of land or construction projects that have not been vetted and/or approved by the citizens.  I will work on revising the city code to ensure our most important land use decisions are made by people elected by those affected by such decisions -- Camas residents.

As a proud a mother of four, we specifically chose Camas as our forever home. It’s natural beauty, top schools and strong, safe local community makes Camas a wonderful place to work and live. I have a vested interest in ensuring a brighter, more vibrant Camas community for all citizens today that our children can steward tomorrow. 

Camas deserves better, and I intend to deliver.  Now is the time to elect transparent, accountable and effective leadership that honestly represents the citizens and needs of our outstanding community.
 

Leslie L. Lewallen

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LESLIE L. LEWALLEN
5248 NW Fernridge Drive
Camas, WA 98607
(309) 363-9172
LeslieForCamas@gmail.com
 

LEGAL EDUCATION:
Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WA, Juris Doctorate
Honors and Experience:
Note and Comment Editor, Seattle University School Law Review
Moot Court Competitor, Administrative Law

OTHER EDUCATION:
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Bachelor of Arts – Political Science
Honors and Experience:
Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science National Honor Society)
Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society
National Golden Key Honor Society
University of Washington Alumnae Board, President’s Honor
Chi Omega Sorority, President, Alpha Chapter

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Staff Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation, Bellevue, WA
Associate, Lee Smart Cook Martin & Patterson, Seattle, WA
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, King County, WA
Judicial Clerk, Wisconsin Supreme Court, Justice N. Patrick Crooks, Madison, WI
Judicial Clerk, Washington State Supreme Court, Chief Justice Gerry Alexander, Olympia, WA
Law Clerk, Washington State Attorney General’s Office, Seattle, WA
Assistant, Metropolitan King County Council, Seattle, WA

BUSINESS EXPERIENCE:
Independent Contractor / Entrepreneur / Corporate Speaker & Leader for 7 years
Reached highest corporate level for sales and successfully led a team of approximately 7,000 globally

PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS:
Co-Author, Measure 37: Paying People for What We Take, Lewis & Clark Environmental Law Journal, 36 Lewis & Clark Env. Journal 76 (2006)
Co-Author, Alsea Valley Alliance v. Evans and the Meaning of “Species” Under the Endangered Species Act: A Return to Congressional Intent, 25 Seattle U. L. Rev. 731 (2002)
Author, Telford: Casting Sunlight on Shadow Governments – Limits to the Delegation of Government Power to Associations of Officials and Agencies, 24 Seattle U. L. Rev. (2001)