NLC President Calls on Local Officials to Join American Cities '08 Project
Coleman, Carolyn, Nation's Cities Weekly
As the presidential primary campaign season winds down, America's cities and towns are gearing up for the general election, as well as a new Administration's transition. In a letter to more than 3,000 mayors, city managers, and chiefs of staff, NLC President Cynthia McCollum, council member, Madison, Ala., called on municipal officials to join NLC's American Cities '08 project and to use upcoming town hall meetings, candidate forums, and local media to "show the candidates the direct connection between what they do in Washington and how their actions are played out on the streets of our cities and towns."
Earlier this year, NLC launched its election project, American Cities '08, The Road to the White House Runs Through America's Hometowns, to raise the voice of cities and towns in the national elections. Central to the American Cities '08 project is a website, www.americancities08.org, which serves as a resource for municipal officials from across the nation seeking information about what the candidates are or are not saying about the needs of cities and towns.
With the November election being the first presidential election in 80 years where there is no incumbent or vice president vying for the office of president and with 81 percent of Americans dissatisfied with the country's direction, members of both political parties are taking credit for being the change America needs.
America's cities and towns continue to mobilize to educate and inform the candidates about the change local governments want from a new Administration.
In the letter to local officials, McCollum included a copy of NLC's American Cities '08 Issue and Question guide, which includes national municipal policy statements and questions for the candidates in seven key policy areas where cities are seeking a two-way partnership with the new Administration: 1) governments working together; 2) sustainability; 3) infrastructure; 4) public safety; 5) poverty reduction and economic opportunity; 6) community revitalization and affordable housing; and 7) immigration reform. …