Lancaster: Mayor Pro Tem meets with elected officals in D.C.
LANCASTER - Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Nina Morris met with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and several other national political leaders last week in Washington, D.C. at the sixth annual convening of People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network.
At the convening, Morris discussed innovative local and state policy initiatives with national leaders and with more than 200 progressive elected officials from around the country.
At the convening, Sec. Duncan spoke with elected officials about ways state and local governments can work with the federal government to improve opportunities for students. Morris also heard from David Plouffe, Senior Advisor to President Obama, and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President, Mary Kay Henry.
Morris stated, “There are many opportunities to share innovative ideas and feel rejuvenated as a young public servant at the YEO Convening”.
Morris, 28, was elected to Councilmember District #6 in 2008. At the convening, she shared with other elected officials her experiences working for the city of Lancaster.
The Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, a project of People For the American Way Foundation, consists of over 600 young, progressive city, county, state and federal officials from all 50 states. At the network’s convening, elected officials discussed innovative policy solutions for issues including economic development, education, environmental policy, tax reform, immigration, equality, national security and more.
“The strength of the progressive movement is in our communities,” said Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee City Commissioner and executive director of the YEO Network.
“These elected officials work every day to advance justice, equality and opportunity in their cities, counties, states and school boards. This weekend, we had the chance to connect with our fellow elected leaders and with national policy makers to share ideas and make all of our work stronger.”
Morris has also been extended an invitation, by Senior Advisor to President Obama, David Plouffe, to The White House. Morris will attend a special briefing with Obama Administration Officials, followed by a reception hosted by President Barack Obama.