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CAMAS, WA – Today, Brad Thurman, the current Cowlitz County Sheriff, announced his endorsement of Leslie Lewallen for WA-03. 

“As the Cowlitz County Sheriff, I know the impact elected officials can have on law enforcement agencies’ abilities to hire and retain good officers. Movements like “Defund the Police” and legislation that reduces penalties for committing crimes or possessing drugs make it harder for law enforcement to keep our streets and communities safe. I am endorsing Leslie Lewallen for Washington’s 3rd Congressional district because, as a former prosecutor, I know she will fight to uphold law and order while ensuring that our officers have everything they need to keep our communities safe.”

Brad Thurman has been in law enforcement for 36 years, the entirety of which has been spent serving in the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Department in a variety of positions. Prior to his election as Sheriff, Brad served in patrol, deputy, detective, sergeant and drug investigator roles. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Administration of Justice/Sociology from Portland State University, and previously served as the Chairman of the Cowlitz County GOP.  

I am proud to accept this endorsement from Sheriff Thurman,” said Lewallen. “Brad’s entire career has been spent serving the residents of Cowlitz County. The core values of his department- leadership, excellence, service and sacrifice- perfectly encapsulate the work ethic he and his officers exhibit every day. Like Sheriff Thurman, I look forward to serving the voters of Southwest Washington with passion and determination while working to address the most pressing issues facing our region- crime, addiction, and a crisis at our southern border that touches the residents of WA-03 every day!”

The Lewallen campaign continues to receive endorsements from a dynamic group of supporters from every walk of life and background- demonstrating, yet again, that Leslie is the best candidate to represent the diverse voters of Southwest Washington. While Marie Gluesenkamp Perez actively votes against the interests of WA-03 constituents, Leslie Lewallen will fight to show voters that there is a better path forward.