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Association of Washington Cities honors Sen. Karen Fraser 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 Karen Fraser (D-Olympia) with a City Champion Award.

Fraser was recognized Tuesday night at an AWC Regional Meeting at Lacey City Hall. She is one of two legislators being recognized for her legislative career of service to cities. Lacey and Tumwater city officials presented the award, and Olympia city officials provided a statement due to conflicts with their weekly council meeting.

“It’s a privilege to present this award to Sen. Fraser,” said Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder. “Sen. Fraser has been integral to development in Lacey. Our city would not look like it does without her leadership.”

“Sen. Fraser has always been there for Tumwater,” said Tumwater Mayor Pete Kmet. “Thank you for all you’ve done for our city, district and throughout the state.”

Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby provided the following statement, “Olympia is delighted that Senator Fraser is receiving this award for her unmatched contributions to government at all levels. She is the best friend to local government that we could have ever hoped for.”

“Senator Fraser always had an open door for local governments,” said AWC Government Relations Advocate Victoria Lincoln. “She has always been willing to champion our ideas within the Legislature. Washington has been lucky to have Senator Fraser. She has blazed the way for women in local government.”

Fraser believes so much in what cities do, that during her many years as an adjunct professor at the Evergreen State College, she taught up-and-coming leaders about the important role that cities play in our communities.

“Thank you for this honor,” said Fraser, “A local government background is a great background to have for state legislators, and we need more of it. You can take me out of the city or county, but you can’t take it out of me.”

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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