As Chief of Staff in the Prosecutor’s Office, I have spearheaded projects to protect public safety, reduce racial disproportionality, strengthen victim services, and hold repeat perpetrators accountable.
As Prosecutor, I am committed to building a fair and transparent justice system, crafting innovative solutions through broad coalitions, and creating positive change to keep every community across King County safe.
Leesa Manion understands the critical importance of redoubling our efforts to reduce gun violence, prosecute serious crimes, and continue our nation-leading programs that keep kids on track and help vulnerable people restore their lives,” said Constantine. “She is a seasoned leader of the Prosecutor’s office, uniquely qualified to take on this important role, and passionate in her advocacy for the people of our growing, diverse County. Join me in supporting Leesa Manion for King County Prosecutor.
No one understands the Prosecuting Attorney's Office better than Leesa, not only how it operates but the potential for what it can be. She can be a visionary for the future of the office, and is uniquely positioned to help the amazing team of professionals she leads every day– and the people we serve– through challenging times. For 15 years, Leesa has built partnerships with law enforcement, community leaders, and victim advocates to provide pathways to recovery for survivors, effective interventions for youth, veterans, and the vulnerable, and accountability for serious offenders.
With a decade and a half of experience as Chief of Staff in the Prosecutor's Office, Leesa understands the great responsibility and important intricacies of public safety. As Prosecutor, she will continue to fight to reduce gun violence, support victims and survivors, and keep King County safe by addressing the root causes of crime.
Leesa’s commitment to restorative justice and public safety is unwavering. Her experience and passion is urgently needed to both continue critical innovations in the criminal legal system and prevent a rollback of hard-won reforms. Leesa has earned - and deserves - the vote of all who care about keeping our communities safe through holistic, individualized approaches.
We have known Leesa for over eight years and we believe she is the clear choice for the job. She has the essential skills, experience, passion, and prolific ideas to serve and align with the changes required in this hour. She understands the interests of both community and public safety and leads with bold solutions. She has strategic acumen coupled with a heart of service and she has a clear understanding of the issues in real time. Leesa listens, observes, and produces both sound and relevant results. This is the leadership we need to serve our community.
Leesa Manion understands the critical role of effective, community-based policing. Leesa is a reformer who understands the need for partnerships between police and prosecutors to make sure vulnerable people are diverted into services and recovery, and those who harm others are held accountable. She will bring the right balance and approach to this important office.
I work closely with Leesa through my leadership with the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. In that capacity, I see Leesa’s deep commitment to equity for all and her determination to achieve that goal. She is an important ally, who is not afraid to speak truth to power and find creative ways to change the Criminal Justice System. That is why we need her continued leadership.
Leesa established the PAO internship program to expand opportunity for young people committed to justice like me. I took what I learned there about transparency, access to justice, and equity that leads to change to help inform the work I do with organizations like Measures for Justice today. We would be fortunate to have her leading this important office!
Throughout Leesa's 15 years of experience as Chief of Staff in the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, she has demonstrated her commitment to reforming systems of justice and equity in order to improve communities throughout King County. As the first woman and person of color to hold the office, she will be an important advocate for marginalized communities across King County.
Leesa is a leading force behind many of King County’s most important justice reforms along with her commitment to diversity and inclusion. She regularly invites community to the table to identify common goals and seeks their input in crafting innovative solutions. We need her leadership in the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
With more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, I have been part of a transformation from power-based policing to a more inclusive, community-based approach. I see this same type of transformation happening at the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office thanks in large part to Leesa's leadership. I whole-heartedly support Leesa as our next King County Prosecuting Attorney.
The work of the King County Prosecutor's Office impacts many of the issues I am most passionate about -- sound mental health, the best starts for every child, and equity and opportunity across all our communities. That's why I support Leesa Manion for Prosecutor. I have seen her values and commitment at work, and know that she is the right person to lead that office forward.
Leesa’s deep experience is critical to implement real criminal justice reform. She understands the necessity of system-wide collaboration to achieve better public safety outcomes and ensure equity and justice for all involved. I have full confidence that Leesa will continue her strong record of service as County Prosecutor.
Leesa has been instrumental to the success of LEAD (Let Everyone Advance with Dignity) which links individuals struggling with homelessness, mental health, and substance use disorder to treatment, housing, health care, and case management supports. We need her continued leadership setting individuals up for long term success by implementing proven reforms to address problems that are not addressed with traditional prosecution models.
Small businesses have a real ally in Leesa Manion. She understands the need to help keep workers and customers safe, addressing property and street crime, and at the same time seeking proven alternatives that prevent crime in the first place. We need Leesa's proven skills, commitment to listening, and dedication to our families and communities working for all of us as our next Prosecutor.
Leesa has a proven track record of implementing progressive reforms, getting guns off our streets, supporting victims and survivors of crime, and keeping kids in school and out of our criminal justice system. We would be fortunate to have her leading the Prosecuting Attorney's Office and keeping our communities safe.
Successfully leading the King County Prosecuting Office requires a deep understanding of the workings of the office and an innovative approach to continue evolving and improving the fairness and transparency of our justice system. Leesa has the experience, the leadership skills, and the professionalism to do the job well.
I believe in Leesa's commitment to restorative justice practices as a way to bring healing and transformation to individuals and communities dealing with the challenges of violence, racism, and inequity that are present in many of our communities. Her leadership and system change work has led to innovative reforms in our juvenile justice system and have helped bring about change in a good way. Leesa's willingness to share power, include more community voices, and build relationships are the skills we need in our next King County Prosecutor.
"Leesa is committed to achieving justice for all King County neighbors by finding common ground, moving our systems beyond outdated approaches, and prioritizing prevention. Our County will be well served by her deep experience and proven leadership."
We need a leader who is rooted in the community and has a commitment to equity and justice. Leesa will work to ensure that our criminal legal system is reformed so we can build trust and improve public safety for everyone.
Leesa is the experienced, transformational leader we need to implement reforms for safe communities. She has driven progressive change as Chief of Staff in the Prosecutor's Office and will bring the insight, tools, and community relationships necessary to deliver accountability-driven results that also serves needs of victims and the overall public safety continuum.
Leesa has the combined experience to lead, proven record of delivering needed reforms, and collaborative approach required to tackle our toughest challenges. She is the right person to lead the Prosecutor’s Office and has my full support.
Leesa Manion has been a true partner in the development of programs that help people suffering substance use disorders get referral and treatment-- not time in jail. She knows the best path to recovery and accountability is through hands-on services and support. We can count on Leesa to build on her record of innovation and results to the role of Prosecutor.
I was born in an army hospital near Seoul, South Korea, to a Korean mother and Caucasian father. My grandmother never approved of my parents’ relationship because my mother was not white and English was her second language and one day threw my mother out of the house with only the clothes on her back. That day was the last time my brother and I saw our mother for 25 years.
This experience shaped me. It underscored for me the importance of advocacy for those who are marginalized. I know first-hand how easy it is to silence those who have been victimized when no one speaks up for them or their rights. This experience also taught me about forgiveness – that my grandmother, who loved and instilled in me independence and a strong work ethic, is more than the sum of her worst mistakes.