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City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: Petrina Gooden, aide to Councilman Reed, 816-513-6513
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 1, 2011
Councilman Reed to meet with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and national leaders
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Third District Councilman Jermaine Reed will meet with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other national political leaders this weekend in Washington, D.C. at the sixth annual convening of People For the American Way Foundation’ s Young Elected Officials Network (YEO). Councilman Reed will have the opportunity to discuss innovative local and state policy initiatives with national leaders and more than 200 progressive elected officials from around the country.
“It’s vital for young elected officials to network with each other and learn how to avoid the pitfalls of being the ‘new kids on the block’ in a neighborhood of seasoned politicians,” said Councilman Reed.
Councilman Reed, 26, was sworn-in as a councilman on the Kansas City, Mo., City Council in 2011. At the convening, he will share with other elected officials his experiences working for crime reduction and economic vitality for the Third District.
YEO, a project of People For the American Way Foundation, provides a network of support for young elected leaders to share ideas and discuss issues that affect their common interests and constituencies. The network consists of more than 600 young and progressive city, county, state and federal officials from all 50 states. At the network’ s convening, elected officials will discuss innovative policy solutions for issues including economic development, education, environmental policy, tax reform, immigration, equality, national security and more.
“These elected officials make a difference every day in their home communities,” said Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee City Commissioner and executive director of the YEO Network. “This conference is an opportunity for young, progressive elected officials to exchange ideas with fellow office holders and with national policy leaders. State and local elected officials lay the
foundation for progressive change around the country. The Young Elected Officials Network gives leaders an opportunity to share ideas and come back to their communities with new strategies and solutions.”
Media inquiries about Councilman Reed should be directed to Petrina Gooden, aide to Councilman Reed, 816-513-6513.
Media inquiries about YEO or People For the American Way Foundation should be directed to Miranda Blue or Justin Greenberg, 202-467-4999.