Page ContentCommunity Champion Award honors legislator for efforts benefiting cities and townsOctober 11, 2018(RALEIGH, N.C.) – State Rep. John Faircloth was recognized Thursday as the 2018 recipient of the N.C. League of Municipalities’ Community Champion Award.The award was presented to Representative Faircloth for dedicated support of North Carolina cities and towns during the 2018 legislative session. The presentation took place at the Legislative Building complex.Representative Faircloth’s work this past year as bill sponsor and key advocate was crucial in the passage of legislation designed to reduce blight and assist cities and towns in redeveloping abandoned properties. Now serving his fourth term representing portions of High Point and Guilford County, he has also worked extensively on public safety issues critical to municipal efforts to keep crime rates low and residents safe.“Situations involving abandoned, blighted properties can affect entire neighborhoods, surrounding property owners and the economic futures of entire communities,” said Salisbury Council Member Karen Alexander, a member of the League’s Board of Directors. “We are indebted to Representative Faircloth for pursuing a solution to help address this problem.”Alexander, who represents the NCLM district that includes High Point and Guilford County, presented the award to Representative Faircloth on Thursday.“Having been a lifelong resident of North Carolina municipalities as well as having served for over 30 years in employment and seven years as a city council member with local government entities in North Carolina, I know firsthand that the citizens of our cities and towns are better served when their communities work in concert with the N.C. League of Municipalities,” Representative Faircloth said. “As a member of the N.C. House of Representatives, I have had numerous occasions to work in cooperation with municipalities and the League when situations arise requiring public policy decisions and legislation is necessary to enable new programs or to modify present practices in response to changing realities.”The Community Champion Award was originally scheduled to be presented to Faircloth at City Vision 2018, NCLM’s annual conference, which was postponed until spring due to Hurricane Florence.About the LeagueThe 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.