El Centro, Ca. – February 5, 2024 – The National League of Cities announced via email recently it selected City of El Centro Mayor Pro Tem Edgard Garcia to the 2024 Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Affairs (FAIR) Federal Action Committee.
“Your local government experience and commitment will bring great value to NLC, communities around the country, and the efforts of this Committee with Congress, the White House, and the President’s Administration,” stated the email from Michael Gleeson, the National League of Cities Legislative Director.
According to the NLC’s website, the FAIR Committee is responsible for developing policy positions and leading NLC’s advocacy on issues involving intergovernmental relations (including Federalism and unfunded mandates), Census, municipal pensions, municipal bonds and capital finance, tax reform, antitrust issues, civil rights, and labor relations. Most recently, the committee has focused on protecting the interests of cities in federal tax reform efforts, including the tax exemption of municipal bonds, and advocating for local taxing authority on online remote sales transactions.
“I’m humbled by this appointment and excited to continue advocating for reform for the benefit of our community and our country,” said City of El Centro Mayor Pro Tem Edgard Garcia. “I look forward to representing our City and our State on this committee.”
NLC’s Federal Advocacy Committee members include local elected officials and city staff from NLC member cities and towns across the country who are committed to discussing and influencing federal policy that directly and profoundly impacts local government operations.
“His appointment by the National League of Cities demonstrates the experience and commitment Mayor Pro Tem Garcia has in these topics,” said City of El Centro Mayor Sylvia Marroquin. “He will provide great insight to our country with this appointment.”
Garcia also serves on the Public Safety Committee and Finance Committee for the League of California Cities. Garcia was first elected to the City of El Centro Council in 2015.