Kirkland councilmember honored by Association of Washington Cities

Kirkland City Councilmember Dave Asher has been recognized as an Advocacy All-Star by the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) for his efforts to advance the city agenda related to homelessness and housing through advocacy and legislative testimony.

AWC, an Olympia-based organization advocating on behalf of Washington’s 281 cities and towns, presented the award on Wednesday at its annual conference in Vancouver, Wash.

“This year’s Advocacy All-Star Awards honor and recognize the hard work that city officials like Councilmember Asher devoted to help all cities,” AWC CEO Peter B. King said in a news release. “These individuals chose an issue that they were passionate about and worked tirelessly to affect change that benefits all of us.”

“We are thrilled that the AWC acknowledged Dave’s tireless work on homelessness and housing,” Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen said. “He’s been a great leader as we lay the groundwork to build a women’s and family shelter in Kirkland. Our coalition with local churches and nonprofit agencies has benefited from his work and dedication to this issue which affects the entire community.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the AWC,” Asher said. “But I’m only one part of the larger team made up of the city council, staff and our wonderful community partners who together make this advocacy work meaningful for Kirkland residents.”

Asher is one of nine Advocacy All-Stars from across the state. He has served on the city council since 2000, and currently works on the Public Works, Parks and Human Services Committee, Public Safety Committee and is chair of the Legislative Work Group.

This is taken from a City of Kirkland news release.