Written by: Jessica Schuurman: https://www.facebook.com/freecitymumlifestyle
“It’s time; you have the fire and passion.” – Rosemary Marshall
Inspired by her drive and tenacity in creating IMPACT with women in Colorado. The tough decision to run for office, turned out to be her true passion in changing and protecting the lives of women and youth. With her respected mentor, Rosemary Marshall, along her side pushing her to do more and be more. Leslie took the chance and with the support of volunteers and the people who believed in her she won the election.
Leslie Herod was recently elected to the State House of Representatives; she represents House District 8, which includes neighborhoods in northeast Denver such as Cheesman Park and Five Points. Leslie landed over 38 thousand votes and is the first African American LGBT candidate elected to the state legislature. She also runs her very own consulting business.
Learning that having a sisterhood is so important in staying motivated by using each other as encouragement. Awe inspired, Leslie is proud to represent her state of Colorado. She continually steps forward and speaks her mind of concerns to the community. By being in Office she is changing people’s hearts and minds for the betterment of the vast majority.
“When you step into your passion, it’s a privilege and an honor.” – Leslie Herod
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Now living her life in her passion Leslie speaks about how natural it is to step out and be heard. When times get tough and you fall, it’s a lot easier to get back up and continue on the path to your goals. Living on point with passion gives you the initiative needed in order to bring projects to full completion. Creating change and IMPACT to generate a more diverse community, full of love and compassion. Teaching others to stand up for the ones in need or being mistreated.
Leslie has already begun to make a difference with the homeless youth, providing funding. Sensing the urgency and hardship these children were enduring. Leslie knew that she needed to help these youth with their future and providing the best funding for them as they deserve to have the opportunities needed to create a life full of passion. Creating a difference in the juvenile system, and with women’s rights of abortion and fertility treatments just to begin naming a few. Leslie is truly making a HUGE IMPACT in the Colorado community.
Speaking to Colorado’s youth and inspiring them by sharing her story of just being ‘one of the people.’ Leslie’s favorite part about being in office is sharing her accomplishments and changing their point of views of being able to achieve your PASSION with just a dream. Giving them motivating words and inspiration that you can accomplish anything you want and make that difference you feel needs to happen.
Leslie Herod is a perfect example of a women who steps out of her comfort zone to truly make a difference. Following her passion and putting it into the good works that she does in order to help and teach others. Living a life of purposeful meaning while creating a noticeable IMPACT. Leslie Herod is definitely an exemplar all women should look up to. Put your fears aside and follow your heart in making the difference you were meant to create.
Leslie's tips for becoming a State Representative
Believing in oneself is most important when trying to create IMPACT in your community or even the GLOBE. Your voice matters whether you want to be a politician or a school teacher. Living life in your passion is truly where your happiness lies. If you don’t try you will never fail. If you don’t fail you will never succeed.