Lynum Elected President of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials

 Orlando, Fla. – Orlando Commissioner Daisy W. Lynum was elected 2009 president of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) this week during the group’s annual membership meeting at the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Congress of Cities in Orlando.

The Congress of Cities is the National League of Cities’ annual conference for city leaders. It encourages city leaders to exchange best practices and new program ideas that provide economic opportunities, make available more affordable housing, ensure public safety, and allow more effective interaction with state and federal agencies.

Lynum was first elected to the Orlando City Council in 1998, where her primary focus for Orlando citizens has been quality of life through sustainable neighborhoods. She is a member of NLC’s Bo ard of Directors and the Florida League of Cities.

Other officers elected during the NBC-LEO membership meeting include:
    • President-Elect: Beaumont, TX, Council Member, Audwin Samuel
    • 1st Vice President: Columbus, Ohio, Council Member, Charleta B. Tavares
    • 2nd Vice President: Phoenix, Ariz., Council Member, Michael Johnson
    • Treasurer: District Heights, Md., Mayor, James Walls
    • Assistant Treasurer: Capitol Heights, Md., Mayor Darrell Miller
    • Secretary: Berkeley, Mo., Council Member, Louvenia Mathison
    • Assistant Secretary: East Orange, N.J., Council Member, Jackie Johnson
    • Parliamentarian: New Bern, N.C., Alderman, Robert Raynor Jr.
    • Chaplain: Memphis, Tenn., Council Member, Barbara Swearengen Ware
    • Historian: Warrensville Heights, Ohio, Council Member, Deborah A. Hill
    • Immediate Past President: Charlotte, NC, Council Member, James Mitchell Jr.

NBC-LEO’s priorities for 2009 will focus on infrastructure redevelopment, workforce development, second-chance opportunities, youth develo pment and alternative energy programs. NBC-LEO was created in 1970 to represent the interests of African American elected officials within NLC. NBC-LEO strives to increase African American participation on NLC steering and policy committees to ensure policy and program recommendations reflect African American concerns and benefit their communities. 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. To learn more about the National League of Cities, go to www.nlc.org.

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