Councilwoman Francis Allen-Palenske was elected to serve the citizens of Ward 4 and the city of Las Vegas in the November 2022 election. Francis is a lifelong Nevadan and a successful small business owner. She grew up in Reno, Nevada, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Business from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Since her election, Francis has brought her focus on public safety, fiscal responsibility, neighborhood outreach and building community to the City Council. She currently serves on the city of Las Vegas Audit Oversight Committee, the Local Law Enforcement Advisory Committee, Metropolitan Police Committee on Fiscal Affairs and on the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition.
Elected to serve in the Nevada Assembly, Francis served in the 2004-2005 session as well as one special session. She was the first Asian-American female elected to the Nevada Legislature. During her time in the Assembly, the Peace Officers Research Association of Nevada honored her with the Outstanding Assemblywoman Award.
Always active in the community, Francis often works with charities and organizations looking to improve outcomes for children. Among the groups she has served with as a board member are the Speedway Children’s Charities, Lone Mountain Little League and the Summerlin Hospital Medical Center. She has been active in supporting Three Square, Southern Nevada Burn Foundation, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, the Korean-American Women’s Association of Las Vegas, Grace in the Desert Episcopal Church, Doral Academy Fire Mesa and more.
Francis and her husband Stephen, a firefighter, have three children Ally, Emma and David.
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