Reach Councilmember Thomas
Kent City Council
220 Fourth Avenue South
Kent, WA 98032
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Term Began: January 2004
Term Expires: December 31, 2019
Meet Councilmember Les Thomas
Kent City Councilmember Les Thomas, a fourth generation and long-time Kent resident, is currently serving his fourth term as a Kent City Councilmember.
Born in Illinois, Les’s family moved to Kent when he was young, and he spent his school years in the Kent School District. A graduate of Kent-Meridian High School, Les is also a U.S. Army veteran and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Les and his wife Pauline, who have been married for 51 years, have four children and 10 grandchildren. They owned Blessing’s Jewelers in downtown Kent for many years, before selling the store in 1992. In addition to owning a business and raising a family, Les has served as a King County Councilmember and a member of the Washington State House of Representatives.
Les’s community service includes:
- Kiwanis Club of Kent, former president for two terms
- Kent Scenic Hill PTA, former member/president
- Kent Retail Trade Committee, former member/president
- Kent Merchants Association, former member/president
- Kent Downtown Partnership, co-authored the by-laws and served on the inaugural Board of Directors as its first secretary for two terms
- Kent Library Board, Vice Chairman
- Kent Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, served two terms
Since moving to Kent, Les said the City has changed dramatically.
“We went from a village to a town to a city, and I’ve seen a lot. It’s been fascinating,” said Les.
Among other issues, Les is particularly interested in public safety, transportation, parks and addressing homelessness in Kent.
“I learned that one person can make a difference, and I like being at the local level and being closest to the people who put me into office,” Les said.
When not serving the Kent community, Les enjoys reading, writing fiction, studying history, river rafting and spending time with family and friends.