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Association of Washington Cities and Sound Cities Association to host candidate forum to discuss issues of importance to cities and towns

Olympia – The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) and the Sound Cities Association (SCA) will cohost a Candidate Forum on Tuesday, September 13 at the Renton Pavilion Event Center. Candidates for the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, and state auditor are confirmed to present.

The forum is designed for mayors, councilmembers, and other officials from Washington’s cities and towns to engage with candidates around important city issues like infrastructure, fiscal sustainability, public records, and human services, homelessness and affordable housing. Approximately 70 city officials are expected to attend.

“When cities are strong, the entire state flourishes,” said Jim Restucci, AWC President and Sunnyside Mayor. “We know the 2017 legislative session will be lengthy and difficult, so it’s critical that we engage candidates about city issues before their term begins.”

This forum is an educational event designed for city officials to better understand how each candidate views the city-state partnership. Attendees will be given the opportunity to submit written questions prior to each candidate’s address. Forum moderators include AWC and SCA board members.

“AWC is a nonpartisan organization with a long history of successfully working with state elected officials on both sides of the aisle,” said Peter B. King, AWC Chief Executive Officer. “This forum is an educational exchange and one that is critical in setting the stage for the future city-state dialogue.”

Members of the media are invited to attend the Candidate Forum. Additional information about the Candidate Forum, including an agenda of when each candidate will speak, is available on the AWC website.

About AWC

Founded in 1933, the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation that represents Washington’s cities and towns before the state legislature, the executive branch and with regulatory agencies. Membership is voluntary. However, AWC consistently maintains 100% participation from Washington’s 281 cities and towns. A 25-member Board of Directors, comprised primarily of city elected officials from throughout the state, oversees the association’s activities. AWC provides educational activities for its members and does not endorse candidates.

About SCA

The Sound Cities Association (SCA) provides a voice for 37 member cities and over one million people in King County. SCA creates regional solutions through advocacy, education, and mutual support on transportation, land use, economic and community development, public safety, health and human services, government operations, the environment, and other public policy issues.

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