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Mayors lobby for cities in Salem

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Twenty two leaders focus on transportation and other important issues.

CONTRIBUTED - Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis, president of the Metropolitan Mayor's Consortium, surrounded by some of the other 22 mayors in the group in Salem Thursday. The Metropolitan Mayors' Consortium, a new coalition of 22 Portland-area mayors, met Thursday for its first advocacy day in Salem, led by Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis.

The group gathered Thursday, March 9, at the Oregon State Capitol and met with the state's top elected leaders to advocate for the cities' legislative priorities.

The group will focus its energies this year on issues of rights of way, property tax reform, transportation funding, protecting the use of recreational facilities, and mental health investments.

The Consortium formed to support and promote local government priorities at the state and regional level.

Bemis is the group's president this year.

In addition to Bemis, consortium members attending included 21 other city leaders, including those of Fairview, Troutdale and Wood Village in East Multnomah County.