Commissioner Leslie Shamrock Campione was born in Orlando, Florida, and moved to Lake County with her family in 1971. She graduated from Eustis High School in 1982, and in 1986 received her Bachelor of Arts degree with academic honors from Furman University, Greenville, S.C. In 1989, Commissioner Campione graduated with Honors from the University of Florida College of Law where she was a Member of the Moot Court Team. After working in Atlanta, Georgia, Commissioner Campione returned to Lake County in 1991. Since 1993, Commissioner Campione has owned her own law practice focusing in the areas of local government law, environmental law, real property, business and land use law. She has served as the City Attorney for the Town of Lady Lake, the Town of Montverde, and the City of Umatilla.
Commissioner Campione is currently serving her third term on the Lake County Commission representing District Four and her third non-consecutive year as chairman. She is also a member of the Central Florida Expressway Authority’s Governing Board, which oversees the Authority’s policies and guides the agency’s direction.
Commissioner Campione is a strong proponent of economic development and free market principles, and is committed to fostering a climate for positive economic activity, small business ownership, and job creation through good planning and balanced policies that protect valuable natural resources and the unique quality of life in Lake County. She believes in the importance of career technical education, and worked hard along with other Lake County Commissioners to obtain funding for Lake Tech’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing.
She spearheaded the County’s involvement in the Keep America Beautiful program – successfully launching the Keep Lake Beautiful affiliate and advisory committee. Keep Lake Beautiful continues to lead the way to a cleaner and more beautiful Lake County by engaging citizens and encouraging community participation. She was also instrumental in making bear proof trash receptacles available to residents in bear prone areas.
Under the strong leadership of Commissioner Campione, the Lake County Animal Shelter became a no-kill facility and a nationwide model for municipal shelters, boasting positive outcomes for 95 percent of its animals.
Commissioner Campione has also been a vocal advocate for the pardoning of the Groveland Four, rallying local leaders, addressing the Clemency Board on behalf of the County Commission and closely working with historians and the families of the Four on a permanent monument outside Lake County’s Historic Courthouse.
Commissioner Campione has served the community in many capacities, including Junior Achievement teacher, YMCA Coach, Eustis Service League (former president), Leadership Lake County and volunteer teacher with Justice Teaching, a program instructing students about the judicial process.
In addition to CFX and the Keep Lake Beautiful Advisory Committee, Commissioner Campione serves on the following boards: Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization, CareerSource Central Florida Consortium, Wekiva River Basin Commission, Wekiva River System Advisory Management Committee, and the Mt. Plymouth-Sorrento Community Redevelopment Advisory Committee. She also serves as the County Commission’s liaison to the Historical Society and to Lake County’s Constitutional Officers.
Commissioner Campione has two children, three stepchildren, three dogs and two cats, and is married to Dr. Jack Cassell.
Government Board participation
Central Florida Expressway Authority
Lake Emergency Medical Services Board of Directors
Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization
CareerSource Central Florida Consortium
Wekiva River Basin Commission
Wekiva River System Advisory Management Committee
Mt. Plymouth-Sorrento Community Redevelopment Advisory Committee
Keep Lake Beautiful Advisory Committee
To contact Commissioner Campione, call 352-343-9850 or send an e-mail.