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Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy elected president of Massachusetts Mayors’ Association

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  January 28, 2014 02:00 PM

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Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy was elected president of the Massachusetts Mayors’ Association during the organization's annual meeting this past weekend, according to officials.

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Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy
McCarthy was elected by her fellow mayors to lead the Mayors’ Association, which meets regularly throughout the year so that the mayors of the state can discuss and strategize on major issues facing cities and towns, including local aid, transportation, education, economic development and job creation.

McCarthy said she appreciated the election, noting that she looked forward to working with other mayors, the association, and state legislators and officials.

“As any mayor or local official can tell you, our communities are facing common challenges and are united on an agenda for growth,” McCarthy said in a statement. “No city or town can go it alone, which is why we are all working together on critical issues."

As part of her new position, McCarthy will serve as a member of the association's Board of Directors, and on the statewide Local Government Advisory Commission, which meets throughout the year with top state leaders to discuss issues facing local municipalities.

The Mayors’ Association is a member group of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization for cities and towns.

“Mayor McCarthy is widely recognized by her mayoral colleagues and local officials as a remarkable leader in her community and across the Commonwealth,” said Geoffrey C. Beckwith, the organization's executive director. “The mayors of our state have asked her to be their leader in advancing the needs of our cities and towns, and we are very pleased that she has accepted this key post."

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