Leesa Manion is the partner we need as Prosecutor to address serious crimes and continue efforts to reduce gun violence and protect vulnerable youth. She shares my ‘One Seattle’ commitment to unifying around shared values and outcomes, and we need her in this critical role as we work to improve public safety and build strong communities.
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.
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.
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 Manion is a principled advocate for safe communities, restorative justice, and building partnerships and programs that address the root causes of crime. We need her expertise and passion for justice leading our County Prosecutor's 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.
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.
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.