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Detroit Council Member given award for exemplary leadership at Democratic Municipal Officials’ National meeting

Detroit, MI, March 9, 2021 –

Detroit, MI Council Member Scott Benson received the Susan Burgess President’s Award for Exemplary Leadership last night during the Democratic Municipal Officials’ (DMO) “Oh So Blue” Celebration. Named in honor of the late Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem and DMO President Susan Burgess, the award honors one member of DMO for their outstanding service to the organization.

DMO National President and Philadelphia Councilman Derek Green presented the award to Benson.  “This spring, we recognize a DMO whose leadership has made the difference in bringing DMO into the future. He has guided our organization with prudence, keeping an even keel during an incredibly trying few years. He leads by example, setting new goals for the Board of Directors while being the first to fill them himself. He has done an incredible job bringing on new members to our Advisory Board, and successfully concluded a strategic planning process that will make DMO even mightier.”

Benson was joined at the event by several of the previous recipients of the Susan Burgess President’s Award, including Spokane, WA Council Member Candace Mumm, Los Angeles, CA Controller Ron Galperin, and Rome, GA Commissioner Wendy Davis.

Typically held in person during the National League of Cities (NLC) annual Congressional City Conference, this spring the DMO Celebration was held virtually on the Remo interactive platform. Mayors, council members, and other local elected Democrats comprising the membership of DMO gathered for a few hours of conversation, interspersed with short remarks by VIP guests. Kicking off the event was White House Deputy Director of Political Strategy and Outreach Erin Wilson, speaking to local officials about the Biden Administration’s plans for Building Back Better. DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison headlined the event, participating in a conversation on how DMO members can engage in the work of the Party alongside ASDC President Ken Martin, DMO President Derek Green, and new DMO Board Member and Columbia, SC Council Member Tameika Isaac Devine.

Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) is the DNC Association for municipal elected officials who personally identify as members of the Democratic Party. The organization holds three seats on the DNC, and advocates for the thousands of local elected Democrats across the United States.



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