"Encouraged with the idea that I can do anything I wanted and always help people however I can. So the neighborhood council, that's exactly what it's for," said Lester.
Just the act of running for the position produced a positive response from several adults in her area.
"It's just the most amazing feeling ever. I've had some teachers who have told me, 'I've never voted in an election, but I drove a half an hour to vote for you,'" said Lester.
Lester, a junior at Shalhevet High School, hopes she has an effect on people in her age group.
"When there's a big volunteer opportunity, [I work] to get people from my school and my friends that don't go to my school to be more involved," said Lester.
Just like any good leader, Lester has a vision of the future of her neighborhood.
"Flowers everywhere, stores that are thriving in business everywhere, so just it's a genuinely beautiful place and eco-friendly place to be," said Lester.