Council Members James Taylor Jr. and Derwin L. Montgomery will travel to Washington, D.C. on Friday to meet with members of the Obama administration and attend a reception with the president as part of a visit organized by the Young Elected Officials Network.
The Young Elected Officials Network, a project of People For the American Way Foundation, provides support and training for more than 600 progressive state, county and city elected officials from all 50 states.
In Washington, the elected officials will discuss issues that are important to state and local government. Taylor and Montgomery both said that jobs and the economy are their top issue.
“I am passionate about meeting with President Obama and his administration to discuss how we can collaborate with the federal government to improve our local economy,” Taylor said. “I intend to focus on the creation of jobs and other issues that will foster opportunity for the citizens of Winston-Salem.”
Montgomery said, “I'm interested in the White House initiative Start Up America, which focuses on job creation through start ups, and I have an interest in federal policy that will stimulate job creation here in Winston-Salem and improve education.”