Stand for Children is proud to be a member of the youth justice reform community in Washington State. Working together, we must reduce the harmful impacts of juvenile legal system involvement on young people’s opportunities and eliminate pipelines from K-12 education that push young people into carceral systems.
King County has been leading the way in progressive juvenile legal reform, and we must continue that progress as we work to change our systems across every county in the state.
This election cycle in King County has the oft-overlooked but very impactful office of the county’s Prosecuting Attorney on the ballot, and the Stand for Children Washington PAC is proudly endorsing Leesa Manion in this race.
Leesa is the current Chief of Staff of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where she has spearheaded projects aimed at protecting public safety, reducing racial inequity, strengthening victim services, and holding repeat criminals accountable. She has a clear track record of creating programs that help young people learn from and acknowledge their mistakes while also repairing harm to the community and understanding that each young person has more human worth than the sum of their missteps.
As election day approaches on November 8th, I felt compelled to set the record straight about Leesa’s candidacy and her data-driven approach to supporting young people and building safer communities. I made my case about why you should vote for Leesa this week in The Stranger. As you fill out your ballot, I encourage you to read it if you need more information.
If you haven’t voted yet, you can view our whole list of endorsed education and justice champions here. And no matter where you are in the state, you can find information about your ballot and voter guide at vote.wa.gov.