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Sheriff John Nowels Endorses Leslie Lewallen

CAMAS, WA – Today, John Nowels, the current Spokane County Sheriff, announced his endorsement of Leslie Lewallen for WA-03. 

On announcing his endorsement, Sheriff Nowels said: “As the Spokane County Sheriff, my top priority has been to facilitate a return to community policing as a way to reduce crime and build a relationship of trust between law enforcement and the communities we are charged to serve and protect. I also know the importance of joining forces with regional and community leaders to effectively address the issues of crime, homelessness, mental health crises and substance use disorders plaguing our communities. As a Camas City Council Member, Leslie has been a passionate advocate for partnerships that can address the underlying issues that lead to drug usage and homelessness. She has also been a steadfast supporter of law enforcement – ensuring they have the resources necessary to effectively fulfill their mission to serve and protect. We need more elected officials who will work alongside our law enforcement and first responders to enact effective legislation to address the issues facing Washington State. I have no doubt that Leslie Lewallen will be that leader, which is why I am proud to endorse her today.”

Leslie Lewallen, on receiving this endorsement, said: I am proud to accept this endorsement from Sheriff Nowels,” said Lewallen. “John and his family have firsthand experience with the ravaging effects of addiction and know better than most the importance of resources to treat the root causes instead of just the symptoms of a problem. As the next Congresswoman for WA-03, I look forward to working with John and other first responders throughout Washington to ensure the availability of adequate treatment options to address drug addiction and mental health disorders while also working to rebuild the relationship of trust that must exist between law enforcement and the communities they’ve sworn to protect!”

Sheriff Nowels graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1996 with a BA in Criminal Justice. In 2019, he earned a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. Sheriff Nowels also attended and graduated from the 265th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, in September 2016. While at the FBI National Academy, he completed master’s level leadership courses from the University of Virginia. Sheriff Nowels began his law enforcement career in the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division in 1998. In his years with the sheriff’s office, he has served as a patrol deputy, and a Technical Collision Investigator, while also working with the Property Crimes Unit and the Investigative Support Unit where he investigated narcotics cases. Sheriff John Nowels has now been with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office for over 26 years. He was elected Sheriff on November 8, 2022, and he began serving as Spokane County Sheriff on January 1, 2023.

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.

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Representative Marie Glusenkamp Perez: Anything BUT A Moderate

CAMAS, WA – On Wednesday, Fox News reported that the Pritzker family, owners of the Hyatt Hotels Corporation, has been a major donor to a number of groups participating in the anti-Semitic protests sweeping US college campuses. 

In addition to funding these groups, the Pritzkers have also made significant donations to vulnerable Democrats facing difficult re-election battles this year. One incumbent who received money was Representative Marie Gluesenkamp Perez. 

When asked for comment, a spokesperson for the Perez campaign gave the following statement: “Marie is a steadfast supporter of Israel’s right to defend itself and led the Defending Borders, Defending Democracies Act in Congress to provide vital military aid to Israel in its fight against Hamas and Iran. She opposes political violence and angry mobs whether organized by the far-left or far-right.”

Representative Perez is NOT a big supporter of Israel, as evidenced by her own blog posts defending Hezbollah. She is also NOT opposed to political violence or angry mobs, as evidenced by reports that she and her husband aided ANTIFA by fixing their tear gas-spreading leaf blowers during the 2020 “Summer of Love” riots in Portland.

Upon reading this report, Leslie Lewallen made the following statement: “Once again, Portland Perez has shown her true colors. While she masquerades as a moderate in the district, her true beliefs show through in her voting record, her actions and her writings. She has voted against securing the border, against parental rights, against small businesses, and against our Second Amendment rights. There should be no confusion on this point – if she gets another term in office her voting record will become more and more extreme as she sides with the far Left elements of the Democratic Party. There is only one Republican in this race who can defeat Representative Perez, and I invite the voters of WA-03 to join me. There is too much at stake in this election to repeat the mistakes of 2022.”  

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ICYMI: Leslie Lewallen Pens Op-Ed “It’s Time for SCOTUS to Clean Up the 9th Circuit’s Mess”

“. . .The precedent set in ‘Martin’ must be overturned or the Court must provide clarity on ‘the governing legal standard.”

CAMAS, WA – On Saturday, Clark County Today published an op-ed written by Leslie Lewallen in which she discussed the impact of the 9th Circuit’s rulings in both Martin v. Boise and Grants Pass v. Johnson. These rulings have significantly hindered attempts to regulate homelessness which has led to cities being overwhelmed by the drugs, crime and public health concerns that arise from these populations. The time has come for the Supreme Court to provide clarity on what recourse is left to states when it comes to managing homeless populations.

Lewallen: It’s Time for SCOTUS to Clean Up the 9th Circuit’s Mess

By: Leslie Lewallen

Major cities across the country are being crushed by growing homeless population

. . . The status quo is untenable. For cities to meet their obligations to their citizens, the precedent set in Martin must be overturned or the Court must provide clarity on “the governing legal standard.” Additionally, there must be an honest conversation about how to effectively and compassionately address the multifaceted homelessness crisis.

The seeds of Grants Pass v. Johnson were planted in the Ninth’s 2018 decision in Martin v. City of Boise in which the court ruled that the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment prevented cities from criminally prosecuting individuals for sleeping outside when shelter space was unavailable. However, the court also emphasized that it intended its holding to be narrow, writing that their ruling was not to suggest “that a jurisdiction with insufficient shelter can never criminalize the act of sleeping outside.”

. . . For states, cities and municipalities, much of the frustration surrounding these two cases stems from the lack of clarity provided by the Ninth Circuit as to how their rulings were to be applied. In the absence of clarity, lower district courts have stepped in to define the limits for them. Unfortunately, as Grants Pass discovered, district court rulings have broadened what was originally intended to be a narrow decision, leaving cities unsure what actions they can take without risking litigation.

For the sake of the cities being overwhelmed by homeless populations, it is incumbent upon the Supreme Court to determine if every attempt to manage and regulate vagrancy constitutes cruelty under the Eighth Amendment. If so, then it is time for the High Court to give clarity where thus far confusion has reigned by detailing what recourse is left to states who seek to manage the crime, drugs and public health concerns that arise from these populations.

Implicit within the rulings of Martin and Grants Pass is the tacit promotion by these liberal justices of the failed “Housing First” agenda so popular among progressive bureaucrats.

. . . Far too often, “Housing First” becomes “Housing Only” and the root issues that led to a person becoming homeless are left undiagnosed and untreated. Before spending more money or building more shelters, elected officials must define the metrics of success for any policies they wish to implement. The universal goal of any homeless policy should be to exit people from the state of homelessness – not build a homeless industrial complex!

Connecting people with the services they need – whether they want those services or not – must be the metric we use to gauge the success of any new homeless policy. While addressing immediate needs – shelter, food, clothing – is important, the approach taken so far clearly has not worked. It’s time to consider tying access to those immediate needs to the acceptance of treatment for the underlying causes that led the person to the streets.

. . . State and local governments must coordinate and utilize available federal resources to expand the spectrum of services available through shelters and outreach programs; and rethink their methods for encouraging those in need to accept treatment for their underlying root causes.

. . . Today’s housing crisis did not happen in a vacuum. Clarity from courts combined with a holistic approach to helping people leave the streets are two necessary steps to turning this crisis around. Housing alone is not enough, because there is NOTHING compassionate about providing shelter while still allowing someone to suffer.

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BRAD THURMAN, COWLITZ COUNTY SHERIFF, ENDORSES LESLIE LEWALLEN FOR WA-03

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.

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ICYMI: Leslie Lewallen Pens Op-Ed “GOP Attempt to Force Unity Will Fracture Party”

“This heavy-handed tactic risks fracturing our party further and losing more winnable seats for Republicans.”

CAMAS, WA – On Saturday, The Columbian published an op-ed written by Leslie Lewallen in which she lays out the risks associated with the Washington State Republican Party’s attempts to control who appears on the ballot in the state’s August primary. “Circumventing the electorate by trying to manipulate who appears on the ballot at the state convention risks endorsing a candidate who does not represent the views or needs of the district they seek to represent.”

Lewallen: GOP Attempt to Force Unity Will Fracture Party

By: Leslie Lewallen

. . .This election cycle, the Republican Party of Washington has taken the familiar theme of unity to new extremes.

The party is attempting, in the spirit of “unity,” to use the state convention to whittle down the field of candidates before voters ever have a chance to cast a ballot. Far from bringing Washingtonians together, this heavy-handed tactic risks fracturing our party further and losing more winnable seats for Republicans.

Expecting candidates and voters to fall in line with the endorsements made by a self-selected sampling of party representatives is undemocratic and antithetical to the robust electoral process envisioned by our Founding Fathers.

. . .Circumventing the electorate by trying to manipulate who appears on the ballot at the state convention risks endorsing a candidate who does not represent the views or needs of the district they seek to represent. It also opens the process up to undue influence by candidates seeking to strong-arm endorsements outside the prescribed processes.

This undue influence came to bear at the state committee meeting in August, when the rules were sidestepped to secure a premature “endorsement” for my Republican opponent in this congressional race.

A mere 40 people ignored the will of more than 100,000 3rd Congressional District voters who clearly demonstrated in 2022 that they wanted a Republican who wasn’t Joe Kent to represent them.

. . . For more than 30 years, there hasn’t been one federal or statewide rematch in Washington state that has resulted in a flipped outcome. History is not on Joe Kent’s side, and ignoring the will of voters isn’t going to lead to different results this time around.

Unlike Joe Kent, I know what it is like to win an election and represent voters, and it’s not by circumventing their voice.

As such, I will not be participating in a convention that has shown itself willing to support a failed candidate over the concerns of Southwest Washington voters.

I do not think the process, as it has played out, reflects the will of the electorate; and it is the electorate that I want to hear from.

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CHAD MAGENDANZ, FORMER WA STATE REPRESENTATIVE, ENDORSES LESLIE LEWALLEN FOR WA-03

CAMAS, WA – Today, Chad Magendanz, a former Washington State Representative and candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced his endorsement of Leslie Lewallen for WA-03. 

“As a former state representative, I know the importance of electing effective leaders who can work with their colleagues to craft legislation that will pass both chambers and get signed into law. Leslie has a proven track record of legislative success and has served her constituents with dedication and passion. Additionally, as the former ranking member of the House Education Committee and a current computer science teacher, I am keenly aware of the challenges facing our schools and want our elected leaders to fight not just for funding but for the tools that will set our kids up to thrive in life. Leslie is an outspoken champion for improved resources and parental rights within our education system and I know she will take that same commitment with her to Washington DC,” said Magendanz on announcing his endorsement.

Chad Magendanz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching from Central Washington University. After college, Chad served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for 12 years as a nuclear submariner before moving to the civilian side, where he joined the team at Microsoft. After 20 years of dedicated service in various capacities at that company, Chad joined Voter Science, where he currently serves as their Chief Technology Officer. Chad is also a full-time teacher of AP Computer Science classes in the Bellevue School District. He and his wife of 35 years, Galen, have two boys and reside on Tiger Mountain.

I am proud to accept this endorsement from Chad Magendanz,” said Lewallen. “I have always respected Chad’s unwavering commitment to improving education in our state, and his ability to build coalitions to craft quality legislation that improves the lives of all Washingtonians. Like Chad, I look forward to serving the voters of Southwest Washington with passion and determination while working to address the most pressing issues facing our state- crime, addiction, a faltering economy, and failing schools!”

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.

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Lewallen kicks off 3rd Congressional District campaign

By Carlos Fuentes, Columbian staff writer

Leslie Lewallen, the Republican candidate for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District next year, will kick off her campaign at 3 p.m. today at Natalia’s Diner in downtown Camas.

Lewallen, a former prosecutor with a law degree from Seattle University, has served on the Camas City Council since 2021.

“I am a fighter. I fought for my daughter’s life. I fought for our community on the city council, and I am going to continue fighting for our state from Washington, D.C.,” Lewallen said in a statement to The Columbian. “I promise to fight until we defeat Portland progressive Perez and return sanity back to Southwest Washington. Our state deserves better and I intend to deliver.”

Lewallen’s top concerns are homelessness, drug addiction, school safety, rising crime rates, and timber and economic issues, according to her campaign website.