City Leaders Are Heading to the Conventions. Here’s What You Need to Know.

We’re proud to announce an all-star lineup of local leaders will join NLC in advocating for city needs at the conventions, including New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (DNC), Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (DNC), Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto (DNC), Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price (RNC) and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett (RNC).

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by Meridith St. Jean

After an exciting primary season rife with surprises, it’s finally time for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. On Monday, the National League of Cities (NLC) will head to Cleveland to remind Republican nominee Donald Trump of the most urgent issues cities face. The week after, we’ll go to Philadelphia to ask Hilary Clinton to make cities a priority in her campaign.

This election cycle, NLC is focused on three areas cities have told us matter most to them: public safety, the economy and infrastructure investment. The next four years will be a critical time for cities of all sizes, but by engaging the candidates, we can make serious progress on these issues. No matter which candidate you vote for in November, here’s how you can play a part in making a brighter future for cities.

Republican National Convention
Featuring a panel of experts with practical experience.

  • Attend. Make your voice heard by the attending the Convention in Cleveland. In collaborating with Build American Mutual (BAM), NLC will host a briefing and panel discussion on critical infrastructure. NLC and BAM have assembled an expert lineup of speakers including former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood; Mayor Betsy Price of Fort Worth, TX; Mayor Mick Cornett, Oklahoma City, OK; and Sallie Clarke, El Paso County, CO.
  • Watch. If you can’t make it to Cleveland, you can still be part of the action. NLC will be streaming live from the Convention on our Facebook page and posting updates to our Twitter.
  • Read. Our CitiesLead website has all the information about the 2016 Presidential election—stay up to date on the latest election news, browse our 2016 platform and see what will happen if the candidates ignore crucial issues for cities. We recently released our State of the Cities Report—find out what mayor’s think are America’s most critical challenges.
  • Take Action. Tweet your candidate to the hashtag #StandWithCities to make sure your candidate knows your priorities.

Democratic National Convention
NLC is excited to announce an all-star panel, with some of the biggest names in the Democratic party. 

  • AttendJoin us and BAM in Philadelphia for a briefing and panel discussion on investment in infrastructure and talk with big names including Mayor Bill De Blasio, New York, NY; former Pennsylvania Governor and former Mayor of Philadelphia, Ed Rendell; Mayor Kasim Reed, Atlanta, GA; Mayor Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh, PA; and Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Tampa, FL.
  • Watch. If you can’t make it to Philidelphia, you can still be part of the action. NLC will be streaming live from the Convention on our Facebook page and posting updates to our Twitter.
  • Read. Our CitiesLead website has all the information about the 2016 Presidential election—stay up to date on the latest election news, browse our 2016 platform and see what will happen if the candidates ignore crucial issues for cities. We recently released our State of the Cities Report—find out what mayor’s think are America’s most critical challenges.
  • Take Action. Tweet your candidate to the hashtag #StandWithCities to make sure your candidate knows your priorities.

Show your support and sign onto our Cities Lead campaign.

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About the Author: Meridith St. Jean is the Associate for Marketing, Communications & Technology at the National League of Cities.

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