Who is Leslie Soden?


I am proud to call Lawrence my home, and public service has been very important to me. I am very excited to put my experience to work for the people of Douglas County.

  • Lawrence City Commissioner since 2015, and Mayor of Lawrence in 2017
  • Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Board Member 2015-2017
  • Appointed Member of the Joint Economic Development Council 2012 -2015
  • Leadership Lawrence graduate, class of 2013
  • Co-Chair of the Lawrence Affordable Housing Coalition, a coalition that successfully campaigned to add safe & affordable housing priorities for our community.  2012-2015
  • My love of animals and fascination with animal behavior led me to my current career path, as the Small Business Owner of Pet Minders of Lawrence LLC, a pet sitting business I started from scratch in 2006.
  • Purchased a house in 2003, which led me to join the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association.  I was a Board member for 10 years and served in the past as Secretary and President.
  • Received a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from Kansas State University in 1993, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Friends University in 2000.
  • Born & raised in Topeka, Kansas, and have lived in Lawrence since 1999.  I’m a 5th generation Kansan — my great-great-grandfather homesteaded north of Troy, just across the border from Missouri.

This unique background that combines experience with government, neighborhood issues, small business ownership, and economic development policy, I feel is a very unique skill set.  I am ready to put my experience to work for the citizens of Douglas County.  Contact me at 785-312-4314 or email me.

Election Details

The primary election is on Tuesday August 7th.  Advance voting begins Wednesday July 18th.  We’ve uploaded our Receipts and Expenditures Report as of 07.18.18 if you’d like to take a look at who my backers are.

The general election is on Tuesday November 6th.  Advance voting begins Wednesday October 17th.

Learn More

If you have questions about the election process, just contact the Douglas County Courthouse.  You can also visit their voter website.

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