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Reflecting on last night, and looking forward

Today marks a turning point for our country. As the dust settles on this midterm election, there is much to celebrate and so many reasons for hope. Local Progress statement after the midterm election November 7, 2018 Today marks a turning point for our country. As the dust settles on this midterm election, there is

Daniel Corona

Daniel Corona is the Mayor of West Wendover, a small city in Elko County in northeast Nevada. He is a fourth-generation West Wendover resident and his election in 2016 made him the youngest person to hold the office of mayor in the State of Nevada. For this month's member profile, we talked to Mayor Corona about

Candice Quarles

For August 2018, our member profile is of DeSoto, Texas City Councilmember Candice Quarles! Councilmember Quarles was elected to the DeSoto City Council in 2016 and has been instrumental in building out Local Progress in Texas. To do things a little different for this month’s member profile, Councilmember Quarles made a short video about her priorities

50+ Local Elected Officials Stand with Seattle

Despite asking for affordable housing investments in its search for an HQ2, Amazon threatened to halt construction if the Progressive Tax on Business was passed. More than 50 elected officials across the country, including in Amazon HQ2 shortlist cities, signed a letter encouraging Seattle to move forward despite the company’s fierce opposition. Open

Eight Local Progress members featured in The Nation this week!

All across the country, Local Progress members are fighting the dark money takeover of our democracy. From shining light on dark money in Tempe, Arizona elections, to supporting strong unions and working people in the face of the billionaire-funded Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 case, to resisting a race-to-the-bottom in the Amazon HQ2 sweepstakes, local elected officials

Marita Garrett

Marita Garrett is the Mayor of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, a borough adjacent to Pittsburgh. She took office as Mayor this year, after serving on the Wilkinsburg Council as Vice President. For this month's member profile, we asked her about her new role and her priorities in office. Mayor Marita Garrett of Wilkinsburg, PA Local

Marion Greene

Marion Greene is a County Commissioner in Hennepin County, Minnesota. County Commissioner Marion Greene She was elected to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners in a May 2014 a special election and serves District 3, a diverse and vibrant collection of communities that includes all of St. Louis Park, most of Southwest Minneapolis

Local Progress Reacts To Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

For Immediate Release: February 12, 2018 Media Contact: Asya Pikovsky,, 207-522-2442 Local Legislators React To Trump’s Infrastructure Plan “The plan relinquishes the federal government’s age-old role in funding infrastructure and instead puts the burden squarely on city and states,” says Local Progress, national network of progressive municipal legislators WASHINGTON, DC -- In response to

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