FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Councilmember Jacquelyn Johnson of East Orange, NJ Elected President of National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials

December 1, 2012
Boston, MA - Councilmember Jacquelyn Johnson of East Orange, New Jersey was elected the 2013 president of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC LEO) constituency group during the group's annual membership meeting this morning at the National League of Cities' (NLC) Congress of Cities & Exposition in Boston, MA.


Other officers elected during the NBC LEO meeting include:

• President-Elect: Adam McFadden, Councilmember, Rochester, New York
• 1st Vice President: James Walls, Mayor, District Heights, Maryland
• 2nd Vice President: Priscilla Tyson, Councilmember, Columbus, Ohio
• Secretary: Lavonta Williams, Councilmember, Wichita, Kansas
• Assistant Secretary: Hanifa Shabazz, Councilmember, Wilmington, Delaware
• Treasurer: Lonnie Hughes, Councilmember, East Orange, New Jersey
• Assistant Treasurer: Jacobia Dowell, Councilmember, Nashville, Tennessee
• Parliamentarian: Ricki Barlow, Councilmember, Las Vegas, Nevada
• Historian: Louvenia Mathison, Councilmember, Berkeley, Missouri
• Chaplain: Samuel Ings, Commisioner, Orlando, Florida
• Immediate Past President: Deborah Denard Delgado, Councilwoman, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

NBC LEO also honored the following individuals for their service and community contributions:

• The Rev. Dr. Gregory G. Groover, Sr., Pastor of the Historic Charles Street A.M.E. Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts
• Mel King, former Massachusetts state representative, and adjunct professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Reverend Zenetta Armstrong, Rector at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mattapan, Massachusetts
• Jason Burrell, former regional field director for Elizabeth Warren for MA, United States Senate campaign

NBC-LEO was created in 1970 to represent the interests of African American elected officials within NLC. NBC LEO strives to increase African American participation on NLC steering and policy committees to ensure policy and program recommendations reflect African American concerns and benefit their communities.

The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

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