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Seattle Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw and Mike O’Brien to serve on the Association of Washington Cities Board of Directors

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OLYMPIA – The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) announced that Seattle City Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw and Mike O’Brien were recently appointed to serve on its Board of Directors. Bagshaw will also serve as the Large City Representative on the board’s executive committee.

“When Washington cities work together and speak in one voice, our message is amplified loud and clear in Olympia,” said Councilmember O’Brien. “The need for funding for mental health, homelessness, education, and transportation echo beyond Seattle’s borders. I’m proud to join the Association of Washington Cities to pursue these priorities in partnership with cities from Aberdeen to Zillah.”

The AWC Board of Directors is the association’s governing body. The board is comprised of 25 directors, 23 of whom are mayors or city councilmembers from Washington cities or towns, and two non-elected city officials who also serve as the president and past president of the Washington City/County Management Association.

The AWC Board provides specific guidance regarding legislative proposals on the basis of the organization’s Statement of Policy, which is adopted by delegates from the member cities and towns. For the 2016 legislative session, the organization has five city priorities:

  • Public records: Strengthen the Public Records Act in response to changing technology and burdensome requests.
  • Fiscal sustainability: Ensure sufficient and flexible revenue for essential city services.
  • Emergency responsiveness: Help cities prepare for and address impacts of natural disasters and other emergencies.
  • Human services, homelessness and affordable housing: Enhance the provisions of much needed human service programs to address issues that drive increased homelessness and public safety costs.
  • Infrastructure: Halt the diversion from critical infrastructure programs to help cities grow and prosper.

“Homelessness is a problem that extends beyond Seattle’s borders, and it is a challenge for every city in our state,” said Councilmember Bagshaw.“ I have heard from many of my colleagues state-wide and we share the urgency to find homes and appropriate services for people who need our assistance. I’m honored to be part of the AWC Board of Directors and tackle together the underlying causes leading to homelessness.”

AWC’s mission is to serve 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. Membership is voluntary. However, AWC consistently maintains 100 percent participation from Washington’s 281 cities and towns.