SOURCE: League of California Cities

November 20, 2007 14:19 ET

Duarte City Council Member Elected to National League of Cities Board of Directors

Tzeitel Paras-Caracci Pledges to Reach Out to Young Voters

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - November 20, 2007) - The National League of Cities (NLC) elected Duarte City Council Member Tzeitel Paras-Caracci to its board of directors. The election was held Saturday, Nov. 17, at the culmination of the NLC annual conference in New Orleans, La.

Paras-Caracci won her seat on the Duarte city council in Nov. 2001, becoming the youngest woman to be elected to the council. Her interest in public service developed in high school while serving in student government and organizing presidential rallies for the 1988 U.S. presidential election.

San Diego Council Member Jim Madaffer, president of the League of California Cities, acknowledged the contribution Tzeitel will make on the board.

"Having Tzeitel on the NLC board provides an opportunity to connect with younger voters and share the story of cities with the emerging generation," Madaffer said. "She is part of a growing group of younger council members who are now attaining office."

Former president of the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials, Paras-Caracci has also served on a NLC constituency group and mayor of Duarte during 2006. She is employed as a program director with Pasadena YMCA.

During Tzeitel's presentation to NLC, she stressed building strong relationships between cities and families.

"My goal is to focus on youth education and family issues during my NLC board tenure. It should be a priority for all elected officials to really inspire civic engagement among all their constituents. I believe it's my generation's responsibility to make sure that the next generations invest in their communities," Tzeitel said, following her election.

"With the election of Tzeitel and Robin Lowe, council member from Hemet, to the NLC board and Ron Loveridge as 2nd Vice President, California is set to have an even greater role with NLC," remarked League of California Cities Executive Director Chris McKenzie. "Our delegation brings experience handling natural disasters, implementing innovative solutions to address climate change, protecting local revenue, strengthening infrastructure and improving the quality of life for residents of our state."

Under NLC bylaws, Paras-Caracci was elected for a two-year term on the NLC board of directors. NLC is an association of the nation's cities and state municipal leagues. Representing more than 19,000 cities, towns and villages, NLC was founded in 1924.

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