Ely City Councilor Heidi Omerza was elected to serve as president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) Aug. 22 at the Coalition’s three-day summer conference in Rochester. As president, Omerza will help direct efforts to inform state legislators on issues unique to Greater Minnesota, such as property tax relief, economic development, transportation and environmental policy.

Omerza was elected by fellow mayors and city officials from across the state to lead the CGMC, long considered one of the most active, high-profile organizations to represent rural communities at the State Capitol.

“Heidi has served on the CGMC Board of Directors for several years and has made many important contributions to our organization,” said Tim Flaherty, executive director of the CGMC. “With her excellent communication skills and ability to work with a wide range of people, including lawmakers and other state leaders, I’m certain that she will serve the CGMC well over the next year.”

Glencoe Mayor Randy Wilson, whom Omerza will be replacing as president, echoed Flaherty’s comments.

“The CGMC is fortunate to have Heidi at its helm during the 2015 legislative session,” said Wilson. “She has long been a strong advocate for Greater Minnesota and she will continue to stand up for rural communities’ interests as president of our organization.”

CGMC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization representing 85 cities outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Coalition educates legislators about issues important to Greater Minnesota.

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