I believe we can ask our politicians to represent our best and brightest hopes for our societies, and I promise to do that. Together we thrive, and together we can build a society where all people are valued.

I am seeking to be your representative for City Council Ward 1 in Eureka –to work for you, the people. I believe we can ask our politicians to represent our best and brightest hopes for our societies, and I promise to do that.

I have lived and worked in Eureka throughout the past 14 years and I truly value the people of Eureka. I am the director of Synapsis performance space, I work for Trajectory, a career development program for artists from a variety of backgrounds, and I am the board Vice-President of the Ink People. I have written grants for creating a community mapping project, free art programs, an accessible dance program, and a street festival. I am a businesswoman and teacher, running a business where I theater, dance, and acrobatics training to children, youth, and adults. Caring for people and building community has been at the core of all of my work. I am familiar with the energy and organization it takes to develop projects that include feedback and input from a wide range of perspectives. This is a strength that I will bring to Eureka. 

My platform recognizes that a government must attend to many components of society. I value the economy of Eureka. I have recently been participating in the new economic development plan for Eureka. I value the dedication, and work it takes to open a business—the number of hours people dedicate to small, locally owned businesses. These truly enhance the quality of life in Eureka. When money stays local, it does more good for the entire community. Businesses flourish when the whole community flourishes. We need candidates that recognize that inclusive policies are not only kind, they are also practical.  

In order to better prepare citizens of Eureka for a changing economy, I plan to work to create opportunities for education and training for the work force. Furthermore, we need to do a better job of reaching out to local youth. We need to create spaces where youth feel safe, welcome, and valued. I am already working to create opportunities for youth in Eureka. I am also excited to create a youth caucus where young people’s voices are heard by government officials and employees. I currently teach children and teens as part of my work and I thoroughly enjoy and value their perspectives. I think we can all benefit from their input.  

I plan to create opportunities for people to engage in society making that are accessible. We need more town halls, council coffee chats, and neighborhood cookouts---social gatherings that celebrate the positive and invite participation from a wider range of people  

As the founder and artistic director of Synapsis, a Eureka performance space and project of the Ink People, it has been my job for the past 14 years to provide vision, inspiration, and guidance to a diverse collective of people. Simultaneously, I have had the opportunity to listen to many different perspectives. I have extended this knowledge into the local community, working to build alliances between people and community groups. When more people participate, we build more resilient societies. Our government is for everyone, not just a chosen few. We need candidates who can listen and who have innovative ideas for building community.  

Like many small cities in the US, Eureka must be able to adapt to change. As a community, we can recognize the history of Eureka, while also creating approaches that help us meet the needs of today’s economic and social climate. We can do this together. We can do this in the spirit of generosity and with creative approaches to society building. I am excited to take on this important task and give my thought and attention to the people of Ward 1 and beyond. Let's celebrate our community while working together for our values. 



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    “I believe Leslie will work to "keep Eureka moving forward", to support the most vulnerable in our society and to continue the efforts to make Eureka an even more livable community in the best interest of its residents, rather than special interests or corporations.”

  • endorsed

    “Leslie is committed to raising the quality of life in Eureka through listening to people's concerns, thoughtful decision making, and working hard to strengthen our community.”

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    “I believe that Leslie is the right person for this job. One of the things that I really appreciate about her, is her ability to work with a large variety of people, create participatory processes and take actionable steps.”