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Association of Washington Cities honors Representative Tana Senn with City Champion award

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Olympia, WA – The Association of Washington Cities (AWC), an Olympia-based organization advocating on behalf of Washington’s 281 cities and towns, honored Rep. Tana Senn (D-Mercer Island) with a City Champion award.

Don Gerend, Sammamish Councilmember and past AWC Board President, presented the award to Senn and noted the legislator’s experience as a Mercer Island councilmember.

“Rep. Senn comes from the city family and always remembers her city roots while working in Olympia,” he said. “From her first days working as a Legislator she has recognized that strong cities make a great state, and has supported this perspective with her fellow legislators.”

Senn was recognized Wednesday night at the Sound Cities Association meeting.

AWC Government Relations Director Dave Williams added that Senn is recognized for her consistent focus on advocating for cities’ interests. “Rep. Senn continually helped her colleagues understand the city perspective and the impacts of legislation on local governments.”

"I firmly believe we must work together at every level of government to improve the lives of our citizens,” said Senn. “Cities are where the rubber meets the road and our state policies must reflect this.”

“That is why I am honored to receive this award recognizing my strong advocacy on city issues – aptly representing my constituents who live in the 41st legislative district, and the beautiful cities of Bellevue, Mercer Island, Issaquah, Sammamish, Renton, and Newcastle."

AWC Chief Executive Officer Peter B. King noted that the 2015 legislative session was the longest in state history, yet cities saw signs of a renewed city-state partnership. “We believe our success was the result of our champions in the Legislature who stepped up to help cities,” said King.

Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) and Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland) were also honored as City Champions at Wednesday’s meeting. Sen. Joe Fain (R-Auburn) was recognized as a Transportation Champion for his efforts to enact the state’s transportation package.

AWC serves its members through advocacy, education and services. Founded in 1933, AWC is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation that represents Washington's cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch, and with regulatory agencies.