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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Representative Jim Townsend Named Legislator of the Year

Townsend Honored by Michigan Municipal League at 2013 Convention in Detroit

DETROIT, Michigan – The Michigan Municipal League honored State Rep. Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak) as the League’s 2013 Legislator of the Year. The award was formerly presented to Rep. Townsend during the League’s Annual Convention Sept. 19, 2013, in Detroit.

Rep. Townsend represents Michigan’s 26th House District, which covers Madison Heights and Royal Oak. He is an important advocate for placemaking in the Michigan Legislature and his support for communities started before his time in the Legislature. He also showed his dedication to communities when he founded and created the Michigan Suburb Alliance, said League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin said.

“Rep. Townsend continues to push for those issues that are critical for creating vibrant communities, including public transit, walkability, and attracting and retaining talent,” Gilmartin said. “His advocacy for communities has been, and will continue to be, critical. We are grateful for his championing for our communities.”

About the Legislator of the Year Award: The honor is presented each fall to lawmakers for their instrumental actions in the Michigan State Legislature on behalf of local communities. These individuals are recognized for their efforts in the passage of legislation that will benefit local governments or who have fought consistently to support local government.

For photos of Townsend receiving the award go to this Michigan Municipal League “Award Winners” set on flickr: Photos can be downloaded from the League’s flickr page for free. We just ask that the following photo credit be given: Photo Courtesy of the Michigan Municipal League/


Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.




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