NCC's Edgar will head Common Cause

National group addresses election reform, other issues
Bob Edgar, the former member of Congress who led the National Council of Churches for seven years, has been selected as president and CEO of Common Cause, a national advocacy group addressing campaign finance reform, government accountability, election reform and related issues.

Edgar, 63, also a United Methodist minister, who announced last October that he would not seek a third term as general secretary of the 35-member council, shared the news with the NCC governing board at its May 22 meeting.

Asked months ago what he would do after his NCC term ends this year, Edgar said he would still want to have “a bully pulpit” with some organization. Edgar has been on the board of Common Cause since 2005. He will succeed Chellie Pingree, who stepped down in February, said the Common Cause announcement.


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