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Association of Washington Cities honors Rep. Sherry Appleton 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 Sherry Appleton (D-Poulsbo) with a City Champion Award.

Appleton was recognized on September 14 at a Poulsbo City Council Meeting. She is the current chair of the House Local Government Committee and is one of seven legislators recognized for promoting and participating in the House Local Government Champions Caucus, a bipartisan group advocating for issues important to cities and towns.

“I am trilled that this award is being given to Representative Appleton,” said Ed Stern, Poulsbo Councilmember and AWC Board Member. “She is a true champion for cities and we are grateful for her work advocating and standing up for city needs and issues.”

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.”

“I am humbled and honored to receive this award and recognition from AWC,” said Appleton. Addressing the Poulsbo City Council she added, “Having once served on this council, I know and still believe that you and other city officials in our 281 cities are the backbone of what makes and keeps our state strong. I’ll continue to champion your issues and pledge to work hard to do you no harm.”

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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