Henderson named board member for National League of Cities

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, February 4, 2015

For the second year, Troy Councilwoman DJ Henderson will take her place as a board member for the National League of Cities.

Henderson will serve on the Human Development Steering Committee, and she said she is appreciative for another chance to serve her county and citizens within her community.

“It means a lot to me because it gives me an opportunity to help further the community that steers the policies that are actually voted on in Congress,” Henderson said.

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“These are the policies that are concerning children and their learning and the elderly,”

The NLC committee has led responsibilites for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving social services, children and learning, poverty and income support, employment and workforce development, equal opportunity, Social Security and seniors, individuals with disabilities, public health care, mental health parity and immigration reform.

Henderson said being politically active is omething she is passionate about and serving on the committee gives her a chance to have her voice and the voice of her constituents heard.

“I’m hoping to be able to have an impact with our congressional leadership to understand that as a small city their decisions affect us,” Henderson said.

“I’m hoping that being on this committee will help to influence our congressional district to know that when they vote on issues, like the Fair Marketplace Act, they are important to Troy.”

Henderson said she hoped her passion would push Pike County residents to make their voice and opinions heard. “I am extremely passionate about being politically involved and educated,” Henderson said. “I’m also passionate about our citizens getting engaged in the politics. You don’t have to be a politician or an elected official to play a role in the political process. I’m hoping to get people involved in every aspect of the political field and keep them informed.”