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Latino Daily News

Sunday December 9, 2012

Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers Elected as First Latina President of National League of Cities

Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers Elected as First Latina President of National League of Cities

Photo: Marie Lopez Rogers (Avondale city)

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The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) issued the following statement congratulating former NALEO Board Member and Avondale, Ariz. Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers on her election as President of the National League of Cities:

“NALEO congratulates former NALEO Board Member and Avondale, Ariz. Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers on her election as President of the National League of Cities (NLC).  Mayor Lopez Rogers becomes the first Latina in NLC history to lead the organization, and the second Latino since then-San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros in 1986.

“Mayor Lopez Rogers understands what can be accomplished through hard work.  Her grandparents and parents worked in labor camps and picked cotton in the Arizona desert.  As a child, she too worked alongside her migrant farmworker parents.  Mayor Lopez Rogers’ story is one of inspiration and success.

“For more than 20 years Mayor Lopez Rogers has served her community as a public servant.  She will bring a wealth of experience and talent to the position.  She understands that success is only possible if leaders work together to be flexible, innovative, and creative.  We applaud Mayor Lopez Rogers’ historic election to this position and look forward to continuing to work with her and the NLC in the coming year.”