League Awards Recognize Davis, McKissick and Spratley
Community Champion, General Assembly Ambassador awards presented during CityVision 2016 annual conference
(RALEIGH) -- State Rep. Ted Davis of Wilmington and State Sen. Floyd McKissick of Durham were recognized Monday night as recipients of the N.C. League of Municipalities' Community Champion Award.
The award was presented to each legislator for dedicated support of North Carolina cities and towns during the 2016 legislative session.
Representative Davis, who began service in the state House in 2012 after longtime leadership in New Hanover County government – including a chairmanship on the county board of commissioners – earned the award for his proven knowledge of municipalities' statewide economic importance. As chairman of the House Local Government Committee, he kept a close eye on proposals affecting cities and was instrumental in stopping some legislative provisions harmful to municipalities.
Representative Davis said of his time in local government: "I became very aware of the need for a good, positive relationship between local government and legislators, because unless you can have a frank and open dialogue with your local delegation, how can you know what the state is going to do that might affect you? Or how can your local House and Senate member know how they can help you with legislation that is important to you?"
Senator McKissick, who entered the state Senate in 2007 following service on the Durham City Council and other local government bodies, earned the award for his standout efforts to dissect legislative proposals, notably those related to municipalities, and steadily communicate with stakeholders including the League to understand their perspective.
"We are all partners in this – state and local governments providing for our citizens," Senator McKissick said, adding that the award “is something that I take very seriously, and I feel very humble for receiving this honor."
Legislative Assistant Laura Spratley was recognized with the League's General Assembly Ambassador Award for her professionalism and involvement.
Ms. Spratley serves as legislative assistant to Rep. Stephen Ross of Burlington, who was instrumental in restoring the state's historic preservation tax credits. She began work as a legislative assistant in December 2012 and has also worked as a policy researcher at the Department of State Treasurer. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration program at N.C. State University.
Elkin Mayor Lestine Hutchens, who served as League president for 2016, presented the awards during CityVision 2016, the League's annual conference held this year at the Raleigh Convention Center.
About the League
The North Carolina League of Municipalities is a membership association of 540 great hometowns – representing nearly every municipality in the state. The League advocates for its members, from the largest city to the smallest village, on the full range of legislative issues that affect municipalities.
For more than 100 years, the League has promoted – and continues to promote – good government by offering non-partisan advocacy, insurance and other services – as directed by its membership.
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