Leslie Files To Run for Camas City Council
Retired attorney, business owner, wife and mother of four- Leslie Lewallen has announced her run for Camas City Council.
“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,” Lewallen said in a recent interview.
Leslie is a native Washingtonian who 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, she 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. She then went on to work as a Deputy King County Prosecutor prior to joining private practice where she focused primarily on school law and land use property rights issues.
In 2003, Leslie retired from legal work to focus on raising her family. Married for 19 years, she and husband Brian admit their greatest achievements are their four children- their oldest will be a Senior at Camas High School next year, their two middle sons will be at Skyridge Middle School, and their youngest daughter will be a kindergartener at Prune Hill Elementary.
“As a proud a mother of four, we specifically chose Camas as our forever home,” says Lewallen. “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.”
As a retired attorney, business owner, wife and mother of four, Leslie is 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, she will strive to create an open and transparent two-way communication between government and citizens, and never forget that she works for and answers 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,” Lewallen says. “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.”
“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.”