Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mayor Cindy Ryu re-elected as Director for Association of Washington Cities


SHORELINE - Shoreline Mayor Cindy Ryu was re-elected as a director of
the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) on June 26 at its annual
conference in Spokane.

Mayor Ryu was re-elected to the Western At-Large Position 1 on AWC’s
25-member Board of Directors. Mayor Ryu serves on the Federal
Legislative Relations and Membership Dues subcommittees.

“I am very grateful to the members of the AWC for these tremendous
opportunities to serve,” commented Ryu upon winning re-election. “By
actively participating in the AWC, the City of Shoreline will benefit
from the fresh ideas and regional perspectives of our sister towns and
cities across Washington State.”

Founded in 1933, AWC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that
represents Washington’s 281 cities and towns before the Legislature
and state executive agencies. AWC enhances cities’ capacity to carry
out their responsibilities, improves communication and information
sharing, and helps local governments prepare for and manage change.

Ryu has served on the Shoreline City Council since 2006. On the
Council, she refined the Aurora Avenue Project in order to help local,
family-owned businesses thrive. Mayor Ryu helped neighbors save the
South Woods from development, and led the way in long-term policy
setting for the City through Shoreline’s Economic Development Plan and
Environmental Sustainability and Comprehensive Housing Strategies.

In 2008, fellow council members elected her Shoreline’s mayor. Mayor
Ryu is the first Korean-American woman to serve as mayor of any
American city in the history of the United States.

Ryu is up for re-election this year, and has pledged to, “…continue
fighting on behalf of Shoreline’s neighborhoods.” She has voted to
increase the public safety budget and put more police officers on the
beat and in our schools. Ryu has called for more open spaces and
parks – environmentally safe areas that can be enjoyed by Shoreline’s
families for years to come. In addition, she is advocating for
common-sense development of Shoreline’s commercial land use areas.

Making the Council’s work transparent and open to all Shoreline’s
residents has been a priority for her as a Councilmember and as
Shoreline’s mayor. Ryu said she “will always be a leader in keeping
an open Council, where people of Shoreline always have a seat at the
table and a voice in determining our future.”

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