National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials elects president

Last updated on December 12th, 2012 at 03:39 pm

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Councilmember Jacobia Dowell

Metro Nashville Councilmember Jacobia Dowell elected as treasurer

Elected officials from cities across the United States gathered in Boston, Mass. at the National League of Cities (NLC) Congress of Cities & Exposition. During the annual membership meeting, Councilmember Jacquelyn Johnson of East Orange, New Jersey was elected the 2013 president of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC LEO), a constituency group.

Other officers elected during the NBC LEO meeting included: 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; Parliamentarian Ricki Barlow, councilmember, Las Vegas, Nevada; Historian Louvenia Mathison, councilmember, Berkeley, Missouri; Chaplain Samuel Ings, commisioner, Orlando, Florida; and Immediate Past President Deborah Denard Delgado, councilwoman, Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Councilmember Jacobia Dowell of Nashville, Tenn. was elected as assistant treasurer. Councilwoman Dowell (District 32) is a member of several committees on the Metro Council including: Audit Committee; Budget and Finance; Parks and Recreation; Library; and is the vice chair of Convention, Tourism and Public Entertainment Facilities.

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

Rev. Dr. Gregory G. Grover, Sr., pastor of the Historic Charles Street A.M.E. Church in Roxbury, Mass.; Mel King, former Massachusetts state representative, and adjunct professor in the Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Rev. Zenetta Armstrong, rector at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mattapan, Mass.; and Jason Burrell, former regional field director for the ‘Elizabeth Warren for Mass. 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.