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Chris Coleman gets League of Cities post, putting him in line for group’s presidency

Before he left for this week’s trip to Israel, St.

Before he left for this week’s trip to Israel, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman was elected second vice president of the National League of Cities at the group’s weekend national conference in Phoenix.

The way it works, Coleman would advance to president of the group in 2014, if he runs for re-election for a third term as mayor in 2013 and wins.

Said Coleman in a statement: “The League’s federal work and outreach to cities across the country is an incredible resource for America’s communities. I am eager to work to raise the NLC’s profile on a national scale and achieve our legislative goals to the benefit of all of the nation’s cities.”

Coleman has been a league board member since 2010 and was chair of its Council on Youth, Education and Families in 2008.