Published on Jan 01, 2018

AWC's legislative City Champion Award

Contact: Candice Bock

CityChampionAwardAWC’s City Champion Awards acknowledge the hard work and dedication of legislators and others who championed critical city issues during the legislative session.

Congratulations 2018 City Champions!

Securing water for future growth

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D-Burien), Rep. David Taylor (R-Moxee), Sen. Judy Warnick (R-Moses Lake), and Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim) are recognized for their leadership in the Hirst and Foster “fix” legislation, work to find common ground, and recognition that cities must secure sufficient water to accommodate future growth.

Providing tools to address homelessness

Rep. Nicole Macri (D-Seattle), Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah), and Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-Tacoma) are recognized for their outstanding work to give local governments tools to address homelessness in our communities.

Preserving the Public Works Trust Fund

Rep. Steve Tharinger (D-Sequim), Rep. Richard DeBolt (R-Chehalis), Rep. Beth Doglio (D-Olympia), Rep. Cindy Ryu (D-Shoreline), and Rep. Vicki Kraft (R-Vancouver) are recognized for leading a legislative workgroup to reform the Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF). This centerpiece infrastructure investment program was at risk of being eliminated. Now it is preserved to provide future benefits to cities and their residents.

Advocating for local control

Rep. Vandana Slatter (D-Bellevue) and Rep. Mike Steele (R-Chelan) are recognized for their leadership in advocating for local control and responsible use of the public right-of-way when siting and regulating telecommunications facilities. Their diligent work protected city local control and ensured that cities were at the forefront of policy discussions.

Sustaining strong cities

Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island) is recognized for her career of service in support of sustaining strong cities through targeted transportation investments and local decision-making.

Advancing and protecting city interests

Rep. Tana Senn (D-Mercer Island) is recognized for her effective and steadfast advocacy efforts year after year to advance and protect city interests. This is her third City Champion Award.

Finding common ground

The Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC), the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW), Washington Realtors, and Washington Farm Bureau are recognized for their partnership to help pass the Hirst and Foster “fix” legislation and for their efforts to ensure that city challenges were considered during the process.

Advancing housing and homeless service programs

The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance is recognized for their outstanding leadership to advance housing and homeless service programs to help increase resources that address the challenging situations Washington’s cities face.

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