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January 16, 2013 

Contact: Mike Sakal, City of Goodyear
Public Information Officer
Office: 623-882-7053 or

Goodyear City Council members to have voice in Washington

As Washington prepares to discuss vital issues facing our nation, Goodyear will have a voice at the table in preparations of those discussions through four of its City Council members.

The National League of Cities has appointed Vice Mayor Joanne Osborne to serve on the Council on Youth, Families and Education.

Goodyear City Council members Bill Stipp and Sheri Lauritano have been selected to the Public Safety and Crime Prevention Steering Committee.

Councilmember Wally Campbell also was selected to the Transportation Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee and the Military Communities Council.

The National League of Cities, which consists of municipalities from around the country, is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, the NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents.

Goodyear Councilmember Lauritano said of discussing public safety issues: “Crime prevention and how we can keep our cities and communities safe is critical.”

Councilman Stipp said he sees the opportunity to serve on the committee as a “two-way” benefit. “Not only is it getting to serve on a national level, but we’ll be gaining perspective on how to make better decisions as a governing body,” Stipp said.

Campbell said of going to Washington: “Transportation is such an integral part of every community,” Campbell said. “We need to seek more federal funds and determine how to use those funds. Goodyear and the West Valley are growing, and we need to be able to move people quicker. We need to complete Loop 303 to the south.”

Vice Mayor Osborne went on to say “I welcome the opportunity to work with accomplished students, fellow elected officials and representatives from major national organizations to develop strategies to better prepare the future leaders of our country.”

They will be returning to the National League of Cities for the second straight year this March in Washington.

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