News Release

Mayor Debra March Selected for Women in Government Leadership Class of 2018

September 21, 2017

Henderson, Nev. – Mayor Debra March has been selected to serve in the Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Program Class of 2018. Mayor March is one of only 25 new participants selected for the yearlong program designed to promote and support elected women leaders from across the nation.

“I am deeply honored to have been selected as a member of the 2018 Leadership Class and excited to join with my female colleagues in the program from across the country to highlight and encourage women’s leadership roles at all levels of government,” said Mayor March.

The women selected for the program are from 20 different states and almost all are elected officials serving in leadership roles from council chambers to statehouses. Their service, courage and commitment to advancing good government is recognized with their invitation to join this national network.

Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Program brings together outstanding elected women leaders from across the nation to acknowledge their contributions, provide leadership development and mentor the next generation of women leaders to run for office. The 75 alumnae of the program are now “paying it forward” by encouraging women candidates around the U.S. and supporting initiatives to elevate women in appointed, elected and staff positions in government.

“The women in the Class of 2018 are subject matter experts, negotiators, civic activists and pioneers,” said Julia Burrows, director of the Governing Institute. “Each year, the program adds to a national network, with 25 new members who establish deep friendships, provide consultation and campaign support and recruit future female candidates. The common goals of gender parity and advancing good government forge a bond that rises above partisanship and will pay dividends for many generations.”

Nominations were received for nearly 150 women for the Class of 2018. The class was selected based on career and educational accomplishments, personal recommendations, a commitment to actively participate and the goal of seating a diverse class. Each class also includes one rising star, a young woman not yet serving in elected office, but with the interest and potential to run in the future. Participants are chosen from nominations submitted online at

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