Hello, Neighbor!

I’m Kristiana de Leon. I am a dog-mom, coalition builder, a nonprofit board member, an advocate, a former educator and former pandemic-era retail employee, and a two-term city councilmember of a coal town that’s booming into 21st Century life. 

Because of all of the hats I have worn in my life, and how I’ve worn them, leaders in our community asked me to throw my hat into the ring for this election: my experiences, and the stories that people have trusted me with, have informed me and given me a unique perspective on the most pressing issues facing us all.

As someone in my mid-30s, people of my age and younger have seen constant economic failure. We are aware that we are inheriting a wide variety of crises that didn’t happen overnight but are what keeps us up at night. I know what it’s like to worry that your paycheck won’t actually cover an emergency. I know what it’s like to work a physically demanding job in the midst of forest fire smoke while covering shifts for coworkers who are worried that their apartments will be flooded. And frankly, I’m running because while I’m no longer a teacher, my spouse is. I know that he keeps putting in 10-hour days because he cares about what he does, and I know he makes a difference in the outcomes for his students, and sometimes I just wish our lawmakers met that caring with funding.

I am a Humanist who believes in doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do, and making those decisions based on personal experiences and provable data and evidence. I do not have reason to believe that there is any life after this one, and therefore I believe it is my moral duty to do what I can to make sure everyone has as good a chance as possible to live their best lives. I believe in working alongside people of all walks of life, including all faith traditions, because, as the phrase goes, “all we have is each other.”

I know what it’s like to work in tough political environments.

Serving on any city council isn’t easy. Small town politics like in Black Diamond certainly isn’t easy. I’ve kept serving despite difficult moments because of the trust my neighbors placed in me and because this is a labor of love. And even when we don’t always agree, there is a chance for dialogue and finding common ground. I know work in Olympia isn’t easy, but nothing worth it ever is: I have the track record of sticking with it. 

I chose to serve my city because I saw that my city, like me, was at a crossroads in life. Like so many cities in this state, we are growing a lot. However, it is starting to become an unfunded mandate where state laws expect us to grow but do not fully provide the guidance or money that can help us get financially stronger while taking care of the immediate needs of people moving here, like for our roads and safety services. 

I have advocated for policies that help cities like mine find and build affordable housing. We've become part of the climate solution. I am who I am: a direct voice that tells the very common, but often unheard, stories of cities like Black Diamond. I plan to continue serving my city on the council to make sure that my policies are grounded in reality for 5th LD cities.  

Born

In 1989

Raised

Kent, WA

Married

to Drew since 2018!

pets

Kyojin, the Alaskan Malamute/Hairy Toddler

Party

Democratic

Education

Kentwood High School
Master of Arts & Bachelor of Arts from Pacific Lutheran University

a timeline of

Kristiana de Leon's Life & Achievements

2002

Met Senator Patty Murray!

She broke barriers and as a result, inspired me to see a future in public service.

2005

My first paid gig!

It was for a week as a page in the Washington State House of Representatives. Full circle!

2012

Graduated from PLU with BA Degrees in Global Studies, Scandinavian Area Studies, and Chinese Studies.

Studied abroad in a lot of places, including in Norway and China, to learn the languages. Returned to Kent amidst the great recession and began working in secondary public education.

2015

Graduated from PLU (again!)

Masters of Arts in Education with a focus on Secondary ELL (English Language Learners) and Language Arts.

2016

Started Pokémon Go

Still trying to catch 'em all.

2018

Living Long and Prospering

Before moving to Black Diamond and getting engaged to Drew de Leon at a Star Trek exhibit, married Drew de Leon. We also welcomed a new baby: Kyojin, the pup from Washington Alaskan Malamute Adoption League.

2019

Ran for Black Diamond City Council

And won! Thus beginning now two terms of serving this community through some really difficult but exciting times.

2020

Surviving
That includes working retail throughout the pandemic as the paid work.

2023

Thriving!

I won my re-election to Black Diamond City Council unopposed, and am launching this campaign to continue serving an even broader community.