Michael Guido, the mayor of Dearborn, Michigan, died Tuesday after battling cancer for months. Although just 52, he had served for 21 years as the city's mayor.

At his death, Guido was the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He was also active in the National League of Cities.

Although I visited Dearborn a few months ago, I never followed that city's issues. (You can get a sense of what he accomplished at home in this Detroit Free Press story.) But on the occasions when I dipped into national issues on which he took a lead within the municipal organizations, including homeland security and telecommunications regulation, I found that he generally had the best soundbite, some turn of phrase that encapsulated his position in a quick and revealing way.