About Lesley

Why I’m Running

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Our family has called Jefferson County home for 23 years. It’s a great place to raise a family, start a business, enjoy the outdoors, or retire. As the gateway to the Rockies, Jefferson County offers a quality of life that’s unparalleled. As members of this community, our values and our choices directly impact our quality of life – and the lives of future generations. I’m running for county commissioner because I believe in improving lives and building opportunity in our community. I’ll work to enhance our quality of life, protect our open space, attract good jobs, address housing and transportation, and promote safe, livable communities. You can count on me to listen to diverse perspectives and find workable solutions. My 30-year career as a former award-winning business owner, journalist, and nonprofit executive has been devoted to improving outcomes in our community and Colorado.

About

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Each generation in my family worked hard to improve opportunities for the next, and their perseverance shaped my path and values. They worked with their hands and their hearts, and pursued their dreams with a pay-it-forward attitude. I come from a family of teachers, farmers, and small business owners with roots in the West and the Midwest.

My grandmother Julia (she’s on the far right in the picture), grew up on a small ranch in Redwing, Colorado, educated in a one-room schoolhouse. She later moved to Chicago. My grandmother Helen worked in the Brach’s Candy Factory in Chicago – saving enough money to start a successful small business with my grandfather. My mom was a middle school teacher who put herself through graduate school while teaching full-time and raising me. Like many families, they saw education as the path to greater opportunity and economic security.

Raised with a strong work ethic and passion for community involvement, I have devoted my professional and personal life to improving opportunities for youth and adults in our community.

My on-going commitment to Jeffco runs deep:

 
  • Jeffco Boys & Girls Club Youth Investment Committee – chair
  • Jeffco Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy (2018) – graduate
  • CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties Advisory Council – member
  • St. Anthony Hospital Advisory Board – member
  • West Colfax Community Association - member
  • Alameda Gateway, Arvada Chamber of Commerce, Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce, Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce, West Metro Chamber – member
  • Red Rocks Community College Honors Program Advisory Board – member
  • Jeffco Schools Board of Education – past president and director
  • The Action Center Board of Directors – past president
  • Dunstan Middle School PTA – past president
  • Colorado I Have a Dream — former mentor
 

In 2014, I was honored when the West Metro Chamber selected me as one of Jefferson County’s most distinguished women leaders.

Over the last 30 years, my career has focused on what I love doing most – helping people, solving complex problems, and giving back to our community. I have worked as a senior-level executive in both the private and nonprofit sectors on a state and national level. I have served on executive leadership teams responsible for budgets ranging from $14 million to nearly $1 billion (as the former Jeffco school board president). I also owned a national award-winning communications firm and worked with clients to enhance student success, increase parent involvement, and foster community engagement in public schools. My career started in 1989 as a reporter for Colorado Public Radio.

Our family has called Jeffco home for 23 years. My husband, Mike Feeley, and I chose to raise our daughter, Grace, in Jeffco because of its excellent schools and quality of life. Grace attends Lakewood High School and is active in speech and debate as well as choir. Mike, an attorney, serves on the West Metro Fire Rescue Board of Directors and is a former state senator. We live in unincorporated south Jeffco with our two rescue dogs, Lola (Big Dogs Huge Paws) and Peaches (Foothills Animal Shelter).

For me, success in work and life hinges on integrity, trust, and relationships. It’s also about asking the right questions, listening closely, seeking different perspectives, finding common ground, communicating regularly, and leading in a collaborative manner. I’m excited to put these skills – and others – to work for Jeffco!

I’m here to listen. Please let me know what issues matter most to you. You can reach me at 303-638-3433 or at Lesley@DahlkemperForJeffco.com.

It would be a privilege to serve as your next county commissioner. I would be honored to earn your vote!