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Drakeford named to NLC steering committee

Posted: January 13, 2012 5:20 p.m.
Updated: January 16, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Camden City Council member Alfred Mae Drakeford has been appointed to the National League of Cities’ (NLC) 2012 Human Development Steering Committee. The Human Development committee is responsible for developing 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 appointment was announced by NLC President Ted Ellis, mayor of Bluffton, Ind.

“It is important that the needs of smaller communities such as Camden have the opportunity to have a defining impact on policy and decision making at the national level,” said Drakeford.  “This committee provides a platform for our voice to be heard, and I am honored to serve.”

As a member of the committee, Drakeford will play a key role 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.

The chair of this year’s Human Development Steering Committee is Van R. Johnson II, an alderman in Savannah, Ga. Serving as this year’s vice chairs are Mary Dorothy La Marche, vice mayor of Farragut, Tenn., and Vicki Aubrey Welch, a council member in Louisville, Ky.

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.

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