Longview City Councilwoman, Kristen Ishihara, filed election paperwork today, seeking to serve a second term representing District Four.

“Helping solve issues for our residents and working to make Longview even better is very important to me,” said Ishihara. “I have truly enjoyed serving as the council representative for District Four and hope to continue to serve our community for a second term.”

During her first term on City Council, Ishihara was a strong advocate for many policies and initiatives serving residents, including: removing red light cameras; maintaining free entry at the Jack Mann splash pad; eliminating annual back flow inspection requirement for lawn sprinklers; constructing the new Longview Animal Care & Adoption Center; establishing the pay-day lending ordinance and revitalizing Akin Park. During her first term, Ishihara has been privileged to play a role in launching the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, through Small Area Plans for I-20 and the Downtown Area, as well as the Unified Code Study to begin early 2017.

Ishihara and her husband Richard moved to Longview over ten years ago after graduating from Baylor Law School. They are proud parents of two five-year olds, Lucas and Brianna and are members of Winterfield United Methodist Church. Ishihara is an elder law attorney for Ross & Shoalmire, LLP, and Richard is an associate for Ultimate Night Vision.  Ishihara is co-founder of the Longview Dog Park, the first off-leash facility in East Texas, and founder of Longview PAWS, a non-profit organization supporting the new Longview Animal Care & Adoption Center. She is currently the President of the Junior League of Longview and a past president of Zonta of Longview. Ishihara was a recipient of the Longview Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Young Leaders Award in 2013 and named a Star Over Longview in 2016.

For more information, please contact Kristen Ishihara at (903) 399-1178 or kristenpauls@gmail.com.