Leslie Van Beek
Commissioner District 1
Our mission is to serve the public with honesty and integrity, to provide affordable and efficient government services, and to promote values that ensure quality of life for present and future generations of Canyon County residents.
I’m proud to say I’m an Idaho native, born and raised in the Treasure Valley. Growing up, I attended school in Nampa graduating as a “Bulldog” from the only high school in Nampa in 1980. I went on to attend Northwest Nazarene College (now University) and later transferred to Boise State University graduating with a degree in Health Science and a minor in Biology. My work experience includes time in banking, retail and public relations most notably as an assistant to the president of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce where I helped with the annual Pasadena Rose Bowl Parade.
Although I grew up in Nampa, I later moved to Caldwell when I married Dale Van Beek and together we’ve spent the last 20+ years farming and raising five children: Davis, Kramer, Wil, Harrison and Annie. As a stay-at-home wife and mom, I was heavily involved in the business operations of our small dairy farm and investing in our children. We have always counted the time we spent milking cows, digging corrugates, spraying weeds and walking along our quiet road some of the best and most memorable events that have helped shape each of our lives.
While we are not actively farming today, we are still involved in agriculture. Dale works for Simplot Grower Solutions and all of our children have benefitted from the career development and leadership development opportunities afforded through the 4-H and FFA programs. Our children are all but grown. As one journey of service ends, another journey of service has just begun. In the fall of 2017, I was encouraged to run for office and use my desire to serve and make a difference in county government. I attended campaign school and subsequently filed with the Secretary of State. At the same time, I recognized the need for additional training and enrolled at Boise State University and am actively pursuing a master’s certification in Conflict Management and Negotiation.
This has been an amazing and rewarding journey from candidate, to commissioner-elect, to now serving as your District 1 Commissioner. The people I have met, the desire to make a positive difference and the many opportunities to learn have been some of the highlights in serving as commissioner. From leadership to resource management, to learning the law, to land use—the job of commissioner is big but rewarding. My core values are rooted in faith, family, ethics and integrity. Thank you Canyon County for the privilege and opportunity to serve you today and for many years to come.
1115 Albany St. Rm101
Caldwell, ID 83605
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