Shoreline Mayor Keith McGlashan, Deputy Mayor Chris Eggen and Councilmembers Doris McConnell and Shari Winstead were all appointed to National League of Cities (NLC) committees for 2013.
Mayor McGlashan was appointed to the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Local Officials (GLBTLO) constituency group’s Board of Directors. GLBTLO’s goal is to encourage the active involvement and full participation of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender municipal officials, and their supporters, to ensure that NLC policies reflect the diversity of its membership. “I’ve been a member of GLBTO for the past several years and I am very proud of the work it has done to create a more inclusive organization that now considers many issues important to the GLBT community,” stated Mayor McGlashan.
Deputy Mayor Eggen and Councilmember McConnell were both appointed to the First Tier Suburbs Council (FTS) Steering Committee. The FTS represents cities and towns outside of central cities and inside the ring of developing suburbs and rural areas. “Because so many policy decisions that impact Shoreline residents are made at the regional, state and federal level, it is critical that Shoreline representatives have a seat at the table,” stated Deputy Mayor Eggen.
Councilmembers McConnell and Winstead have been appointed to the Human Development Steering and Policy Committees, respectively. These Committees develop NLC federal policy positions on issues involving social services, children and learning, poverty and income support, employment and workforce development, equal opportunity, Social Security and seniors, individuals with disabilities, public health care, mental health parity and immigration reform. “The Great Recession highlighted just how important many of these human development programs are to helping many people in our community during difficult times,” said Councilmember McConnell.
“It is an honor representing Shoreline residents, and residents of the Puget Sound region, on a national committee that is helping shape human services policy at the federal level to help many in our community who need assistance during tough times,” stated Councilmember Winstead.
Councilmember McConnell is also treasurer of NLC’s Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials constituency group.
As members of these committees, Councilmembers will play key roles in shaping NLC’s policy positions, while advocating on behalf of America’s cities and towns on Capitol Hill, with the Administration, and at home.
For more information on NLC’s committees and councils, visit nlc.org/influence-federal-policy/policy-committees.
The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.
For a complete listing of the many different committees Shoreline Councilmembers have been appointed to for 2013 visit the Council page.