Who is Leslie Soden?


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.  Before that, I was an IT/Computer professional from 1999 to 2006 for GTech in Topeka and MartinLogan Ltd here in Lawrence.

I am proud to call Lawrence my home and public service has been very important to me.  In the past 10 years I have been involved with a wide range of local issues:

  • Appointed Member of the Joint Economic Development Council since 2012
  • Leadership Lawrence graduate, class of 2013
  • Co-Chair of the Lawrence Affordable Housing Coalition, a coalition looking to add safe & affordable housing policies to our comprehensive plan, Horizon 2020.  Robert Baker of Tenants to Home-owners is the other Co-Chair.
  • Purchased a house at 9th & Connecticut 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.

This unique background that combines experience with neighborhood issues, small business ownership, and economic development policy, I feel is very a unique skill set.  I am ready to put my experience to work for the people of Lawrence.


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