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For Immediate Release: July 26, 2016
Contact: Julie Liew, jlliew@flaherty-hood.com

Alexandria Mayor Sara Carlson elected CGMC President

ST. PAUL—Alexandria Mayor Sara Carlson was elected to serve as president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) July 22 at the Coalition’s three-day summer conference in Austin. As president, Carlson will help direct efforts to inform state legislators on issues unique to Greater Minnesota, such as Local Government Aid (LGA), economic development, transportation and environmental policy.

Carlson 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.

“Sara has proven to be a strong leader for our organization, her community and Greater Minnesota,” said Tim Flaherty, executive director of the CGMC. “She has been an active member of the CGMC Board of Directors for several years and demonstrates a deep commitment to ensuring that residents and businesses in Greater Minnesota have as many opportunities to thrive as those in the metro area.”

Le Sueur Mayor Robert Broeder, whom Carlson is replacing as president, echoed Flaherty’s comments.

“Sara has been an excellent spokesperson for the CGMC on many important issues like LGA, economic development and infrastructure needs,” Broeder said. “At a time when there is so much politics and bickering at the state Legislature, the CGMC is fortunate to have such a smart and pragmatic mayor leading the way for Greater Minnesota.”

CGMC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization representing 88 cities outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Coalition educates legislators about issues important to Greater Minnesota.