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Association of Washington Cities honors Rep. Dick Muri with City Champion Award

Olympia, WA – The Association of Washington Cities (AWC), an Olympia-based organization advocating on behalf of Washington’s 281 cities and towns, honored Representative Dick Muri (R-Lakewood) with a City Champion Award.

Muri was recognized Tuesday night at a Town of Steilacoom council meeting. He is one of seven legislators recognized for promoting and participating in the House Local Government Champions Caucus, a group advocating for issues important to cities and towns.

“It’s a privilege to present this award to Rep. Muri,” said Kent Keel, University Place Mayor Pro Tem and member of the AWC Board of Directors. “Cities need legislative champions who address issues important to our communities. We thank you for being part of the local government caucus.”

AWC Chief Executive Officer Peter B. King noted that as the state continues to address funding for K-12 education and other priorities, its historic partnership with cities to provide funding for important city programs and services has diminished.

“A bipartisan group of legislators created the caucus in 2015 as a place to ensure that city needs do not get left behind when the state grapples with other challenges,” said King. “This is just the type of leadership cities need.”

“It is so important to listen to my fellow mayors and councilmembers and to understand what’s going on in our cities and towns,” said Muri. “We should always be thinking about how we can give decision-making power and resources to the government closest to the people.”

City Champion Awards are a component of AWC’s Strong Cities, Great State campaign that brings cities and towns together to achieve greater results and deliver stronger services. This is the third year the City Champion Awards have been presented to select legislators.

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

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