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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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