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Association of Washington Cities honors Representative Terry Nealey with City Champion award

Media contact:
Alicia Seegers Martinelli
Communications Director, Association of Washington Cities
(360) 753-4137

Dayton, WA – The Association of Washington Cities (AWC), an Olympia-based organization advocating on behalf of Washington’s 281 cities and towns, is honoring Rep. Terry Nealey (R-Dayton) as a City Champion.

Nealey is one of six legislators recognized this year for their work to support city interests during the 2015 legislative session. An additional eight legislators, along with the governor, are recognized as Transportation Champions for their efforts to enact a transportation package that provides benefits to cities across the state.

Specifically, Nealey is lauded for his work to try to craft solutions to problems and costs associated with costly public records requests, while maintaining public access to information.

"For many years, Rep. Nealey has done a tremendous job supporting cities’ needs in the Legislature, especially in the areas of the abuse of public disclosures for private gain,” said Dayton Mayor Craig George.

AWC Government Relations Director Dave Williams said the 2015 legislative session was the longest in state history, yet cities saw signs of a renewed city-state partnership.

“Our success is only possible with the help of champions in the Legislature, like Rep. Nealey, who stand-up in support of city issues,” said Williams.

“Rep. Nealey is most deserving of this award this year,” concluded George. “Thank you, Terry, for your dedication to public service for every citizen in the State of Washington."

George, who also serves as Past President of the AWC Board of Directors, will present the award to Nealey on November 9. The presentation will be held in conjunction with the city council’s regularly scheduled meeting at City Hall.

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. The AWC also provides training, technical assistance, and Member Pooling Programs such as the Employee Benefit Trust, Risk Management Service Agency, Workers’ Comp Retro, and the Drug and Alcohol Consortium.