Mayors Gather in Indy to Draft National Agenda
(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indianapolis is hosting nearly 300 city officials from across the U.S. to write a policy platform for 2020.
The National League of Cities board of directors is meeting in Indianapolis to draft a local government platform for 2020. They'll ask President Trump and the eventual Democratic nominee to sign it.
NLC president and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says party affiliation shouldn't be a factor in addressing issues like infrastructure, crime and mass transit. She says municipal issues often get drowned out by foreign policy debates in the presidential race, and says the mayors want to remind the candidates to give just as much priority to issues closer to home.
Mayors Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Bill de Blasio of New York, and Wayne Messam of Miramar, Florida, are seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Three other candidates are former mayors: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson (center) welcomes National League of Cities delegates to Indianapolis with Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett (left). (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)