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Association of Washington Cities honors Senator Mark Mullet with City Champion award

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Renton, WA – The Association of Washington Cities (AWC), an Olympia-based organization advocating on behalf of Washington’s 281 cities and towns, honored Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) with a City Champion award.

“For the second consecutive year, Sen. Mullet is recognized for his efforts to maintain critical city financial support from the state,” said Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson. Mullet was recognized Wednesday night at the Sound Cities Association meeting.

Mullet, a former Issaquah Councilmember, worked to secure previously reduced liquor tax revenues that support local public safety. He also advocated for the continuation of the Public Works Trust Fund, an account cities rely upon for infrastructure improvements, which was diverted to the state’s operating budget in recent years.

AWC Government Relations Director Dave Williams called Mullet a “go-to guy.”

“When cities need help in the Senate, Sen. Mullet works with colleagues on both sides of the aisles,” said Williams. “He’s a great city spokesperson; continually reminding senators of the critical importance of city fiscal sustainability and local infrastructure programs.”

“Though much of what we do as legislators has statewide impact,” said Mullet. “I try to focus particularly on the needs of our local community, which otherwise might be shortchanged in the overall scheme of things. As the senator for our area, I see it as my responsibility to make sure our community’s needs are known and addressed effectively.”

AWC Chief Executive Officer Peter B. King noted that the 2015 legislative session was the longest in state history, yet cities saw signs of a renewed city-state partnership. “We believe our success was the result of champions in the Legislature who stepped up to help cities,” said King.

Rep. Tana Senn (D-Mercer Island) and Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland) were also honored as City Champions at Wednesday’s meeting. Sen. Joe Fain (R-Auburn) was recognized as a Transportation Champion for his efforts to enact the state’s transportation package.

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