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LESLIE LEWALLEN ISSUES STATEMENT ON AVERTED GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

CAMAS, WA – This weekend, Congress narrowly avoided a full government shutdown by passing a 45-day stopgap measure to keep federal employees paid and government programs running. Leslie Lewallen, candidate for WA-03, issued the following statement:  

This narrow miss with the government almost shutting down proves what many of us in Southwest Washington know to be true: brinkmanship serves no one,” said Lewallen. “Playing party politics and advocating for self-interests in Washington, D.C. does nothing to serve the citizens our representatives are entrusted to represent. Americans need guarantees that they won’t lose their jobs or access to vital government programs. We have a crisis at the border,  record inflation, homelessness and drug use spiraling out of control and it’s time for our elected leaders to work for the people, not themselves.  At this critical point in our history, we need workhorses, not show horses. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez needs to do her job over the next 45 days because continuing to hold our nation’s budget hostage is not a solution. Southwest Washington deserves better and, if elected, I will put my skills of pragmatic problem solving and track record of legislative success to work.” 

To learn more about Leslie’s campaign, visit leslieforwashington.com.

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LIZ PIKE, FORMER WA STATE REPRESENTATIVE, ENDORSES LESLIE LEWALLEN FOR WA-03

CAMAS, WA – Today, Liz Pike, local community organizer, former Washington State Representative, and former Camas City Council member, endorsed Leslie Lewallen for WA-03. The announcement comes after three days of endorsement announcements from the Lewallen camp.

“Leslie Lewallen is the kind of person I am glad to give my full endorsement to. Leslie is dedicated to her family and in her role as a Camas City Councilor. She has a never quit mentality that will make her a formidable opponent in this race. From my time in the state legislature, I understand what qualities are needed to get the job done and Leslie exemplifies each of them. I am excited to join her as we work to bring Southwest Washington to Congress,” said Pike. 

Liz Pike is a local leader who has spent her life giving back to the people of Washington State. Her work within the arts community also highlights her commitment to uplifting local artisans and small businesses and her endorsement reflects the grassroots nature of Lewallen’s campaign. 

Liz is a strong example of our ideals right here in Southwest Washington. Her experience at both the state and local levels makes her endorsement even more meaningful,” said Lewallen. “It is an honor to work to carry on the legacy of strong Republican women that have represented our home and I will do whatever it takes to take that legacy to Congress.”

This endorsement announcement is the fourth in a week of upcoming releases highlighting the diverse and growing support for Leslie Lewallen’s campaign. 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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SAM REED, FORMER WA SECRETARY OF STATE, ENDORSES LESLIE LEWALLEN FOR WA-03

CAMAS, WA – Today, Sam Reed, former Washington Secretary of State, endorsed Leslie Lewallen for WA-03. The announcement comes after four days of endorsement announcements from the Lewallen camp.

“Having dedicated over four decades to elections in Washington State, I feel compelled to share a vital insight. In the past two decades, not one rematch for federal or statewide office in our state has resulted in a flipped outcome. This pattern emphasizes the importance of choosing candidates who resonate with the evolving needs of our communities. In 2022, despite our traditionally Republican-leaning 3rd Congressional District, we witnessed a Democratic victory. Joe Kent, an ill-suited candidate, could not sway voters. History warns us that another rematch with Kent would yield the same result. That’s why I wholeheartedly endorse Leslie Lewallen for Congress in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District. Leslie brings a “can do” attitude, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to problem-solving. She understands the concerns of our residents, from inflation to border security to homelessness. said Reed in a letter to the editor published yesterday. 

Voters need a candidate that they know can beat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez and Leslie Lewallen is that candidate. 

I am incredibly honored to receive this endorsement from Sam Reed. His career of improving Washington’s election systems and advocating for a transparent process has shown how to serve the people of Washington state with integrity,” said Lewallen. “Sam Reed’s trust in me along with the growing list of supporters affirm what we already know, I am the only candidate to unseat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez and we will send her back to Portland in 2024.

This endorsement announcement is the fifth in two weeks of upcoming releases highlighting the diverse and growing support for Leslie Lewallen’s campaign. 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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TIFFANY SMILEY, CHAIR, ENDEAVOR PAC, ENDORSES LESLIE LEWALLEN FOR WA-03

CAMAS, WA – This week, Tiffany Smiley, Chair of Endeavor PAC and former candidate for U.S. Senate in Washington state, endorsed Leslie Lewallen for WA-03. The announcement comes after Smiley spoke at Lewallen’s campaign kick off event in Downtown Camas on Saturday. 

“I’m proud to endorse Leslie Lewallen for Washington’s third district. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez has shown voters that she doesn’t care about their safety, kid’s education, or their paychecks. Leslie will always advocate for Washington State first and she is the only one who will be able to beat Perez next November. Let’s take back the third,” said Tiffany Smiley. 

Smiley’s endorsement came with a campaign promise to support Lewallen every step of the way to bring true conservative leadership back to Southwest Washington. Lewallen’s campaign has emphasized the need for parent’s voices in schools, increased public safety resources, and relief for Washington families dealing with record high prices. 

I am thrilled to gain the endorsement of a friend and supporter like Tiffany,” said Lewallen. “Tiffany Smiley is exactly the kind of republican voice our community needs and her endorsement goes to show that Southwest Washington is ready for new representation that truly understands the needs of Washingtonians. With this endorsement and the many others our campaign is gaining, we will continue to fight for a better future for our state.”

This endorsement announcement is the first in a week of upcoming releases highlighting the diverse and growing support for Leslie Lewallen’s campaign. 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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ROB McKENNA, FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL OF WASHINGTON, ENDORSES LESLIE LEWALLEN FOR CONGRESS

CAMAS, WA – Today, Rob McKenna, former Attorney General of Washington, has officially announced his endorsement of Leslie Lewallen for Congress. McKenna, a well-respected figure in Washington state politics, brings his extensive legal expertise and leadership experience in support of Lewallen’s campaign for Congress.

Rob McKenna, known for his dedication to upholding the law, stated, “I am proud to endorse Leslie Lewallen for Congress. Throughout her career, Leslie has demonstrated a strong commitment to her community and a deep understanding of the issues that matter most to the people of our state. Her passion for public service, combined with her background in law, make her an exceptional candidate to represent Southwestern Washington in Congress.”

“Lewallen is an accomplished attorney and community advocate who has focused on a range of issues, including affordable healthcare, economic growth, education, and environmental sustainability,” McKenna added. “Her platform reflects a dedication to finding practical solutions that will improve the lives of those she will represent in Congress.”

“Having known and worked with Leslie for over 20 years and now witnessing her exemplary record as Camas City Counselor for Ward 3, I am confident that she would be a force to be reckoned with in Congress,” McKenna said. “My experience as Washington State’s Attorney General has given me the unique ability to quickly discern a person’s motives and character and Leslie Lewallen stands far above politicians simply looking to extend their tenure.” 

The McKenna endorsement adds to the momentum of Lewallen’s campaign as she seeks to earn the support of voters across the district. With an unwavering commitment to public service, Lewallen will bring fresh perspectives and practical solutions to the halls of Congress.

“It is an honor to be endorsed again by someone I consider a friend and colleague,” said Lewallen. “I have looked up to Rob’s leadership and admired his extraordinary career in public service for years. I accept his endorsement with great humility and will fight to be the representative Rob, my family and my community know I can be.”


Rob McKenna is a former Attorney General of Washington. He was first elected in 2004, won re-election in 2008, and was the Republican nominee for Governor in 2012. Now in private practice, McKenna served for 3 years as Chairman of the Republican Attorney Generals Association and was President of the National Association of Attorneys General. 

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JENNIFER SENESCU, CAMAS CITY COUNCILOR, ENDORSES LESLIE LEWALLEN FOR WA-03

CAMAS, WA – Today, Jennifer Senescu, Camas City Councilor and former Camas/Washougal Chamber of Commerce President, endorsed Leslie Lewallen for WA-03. The announcement comes after Senescu spoke at Lewallen’s campaign kick off event in Downtown Camas on Saturday. 

“Southwest Washington is better off because of the work of Leslie Lewallen. I have been proud to stand alongside her to advocate for more safety for our children, lower costs for our community, and transportation alternatives for our commuters. Southwest Washington needs the strongest fighter to represent us in Congress, and I am confident that Leslie is that fighter,” said Senescu. 

As Camas City Councilors, Senescu and Lewallen have worked to advocate for the people of Southwest Washington and have repeatedly stood against higher costs of living and attempts to reduce public safety presence in schools.  

I am grateful for an endorsement from such a strong voice in our community and friend,” said Lewallen. “It has been a pleasure to work with Jennifer in the City Council and we will continue to fight for the ideals that we both hold dear: limited government, low costs, and safe neighborhoods. I am ready to bring that fight to Congress.”

This endorsement announcement is the second in a week of upcoming releases highlighting the diverse and growing support for Leslie Lewallen’s campaign. 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.