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Association of Washington Cities honors Sen. Annette Cleveland 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 Senator Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver) with a City Champion Award.

Cleveland was recognized Monday night at a reception prior to a City of Vancouver council meeting. She is one of six legislators recognized for championing city priorities during the 2016 legislative session.

Specifically, Senator Cleveland was recognized for her advocacy and leadership on housing and homelessness issues, as well as her consistent support for continued sharing of revenues collected by the state to help support city services. City officials from nearby cities Ridgefield and Washougal joined Vancouver officials to present the award.

“It’s a privilege to present this award to Sen. Cleveland,” said Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt. “Year after year you come to us in Vancouver and ask, how can you help?”

Washougal Mayor and AWC board member, Sean Guard added, “We’re so lucky to have a Senator like you working for cities, not only cities here in southwest Washington, but also for those across the state.”

Cleveland played a key role in bringing attention to the growing need to address housing and homelessness issues within cities large and small. In accepting the award, Cleveland thanked AWC and noted that “safe and secure housing is a determining factor in ensuring that people of all ages can thrive and our communities prosper.”

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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