Chattanooga councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod opens up a community meeting at Eastdale Youth and Family Development Center Monday, July 8, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The meeting was held for her constituents in District 9 to let her know whether or not they wanted to have the ability for short-term vacation rentals in their communities.

Chattanooga City Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod has been elected to leadership in the National League of Cities Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.

The organization serves as a peer network for black municipal officials, according to a news release, and helps guide and influence advocacy of the National League of Cities, which is a resource for more than 19,000 cities, towns and villages across the country.

Coonrod, who represents District 9, was elected during the 2019 City Summit in San Antonio.

"Serving is an honor," Coonrod said in a statement Tuesday. "As Regional Director I will have the opportunity to advocate for issues that are important to the citizens of Chattanooga at a federal level and gain valuable knowledge to improve the quality of life of citizens at the local level."

The leadership of this year's committee include:

President: Councilmember Carlie Jones, of Forest Hill, Texas

President-elect: Councilmember Russell Neal, of Akron, Ohio

First vice president: Councilmember Sharon Hurt, of Nashville

Second vice president: Councilmember Angelia Graves, of Norfolk, Virginia

Regional Director 12: Councilmember Demetrus Coonrod, of Chattanooga

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