Mesa Mayor Scott Smith elected U.S. Conference of Mayors Vice President
By: Melissa Randazzo
06/18/12 12:23 PM
Office of the Mayor
For Immediate Release: June 18, 2012
Contact: Melissa Randazzo
Public Information and Communications Specialist
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith was unanimously elected Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He ascended to the position on Saturday during the Conference’s 80th annual meeting in Orlando. Smith served as 2nd Vice President last year and will become the organization's president in 2013, the first Arizona mayor to serve as president.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter was appointed president of the organization by outgoing President, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Rounding out the Executive Officers of the Conference as 2nd Vice President is Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.
Having a representative from Arizona as Vice President gives Arizona an added voice on the national level and a direct connection to the federal government on crucial issues such as job creation, debt reduction and transportation spending.
Noted addresses during the conference included U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Heritage Foundation Vice President of Government Studies Mike Franc and pollster Dr. Frank Luntz.
More information about the Conference is available at www.usmayors.org along with video and photos of the 80th Annual Conference of Mayors.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,210 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.
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