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Florida League of Cities honors 2 Fort Pierce officials with ‘Home Rule Hero’ awards

Fort Pierce-April 14, 2022: Two Fort Pierce officials have been honored with Florida League of Cities (FLC) “Home Rule Hero” awards.

Mayor Linda Hudson and Commissioner Curtis Johnson, Jr. were both recognized for their work and advocacy efforts during the 2022 legislative session. They both worked throughout the session to promote local voices making local choices, protect the Home Rule powers of Florida municipalities, and advance the League’s legislative agenda.

Autonomy is the ability of a city to solve local problems with local solutions with minimal state interference. Home Rule Hero Award recipients are local government officials, elected and unelected, who have always responded to the League’s request to contact members of the legislature and help provide a local perspective on an issue.

“On behalf of the League and its legislative team, we are very proud to present this year’s Home Rule Hero Awards to a deserving group of municipal leaders,” said FLC Director of Legislative Affairs Casey Cook. “We had a record number of Home Rule Heroes this year, which shows the dedication and impact of local authorities on behalf of their residents and businesses in protecting local decision-making. These local leaders have been consistently engaged and actively defended their communities throughout the 2022 legislative session. They are Home Rule heroes and we thank them for their efforts.

“It’s important to the City of Fort Pierce and Florida’s more than 400 municipalities that the Legislature recognize Home Rule, a concept found in Florida’s constitution that allows local governments to uniquely and effectively serve residents.” said Mayor Linda Hudson. “We work as a team during each legislative session to tell our story to our state legislators.”

“It is an honor to receive this award and this recognition for the service that I love to do,” Commissioner Johnson said. “As a Florida native, born and raised in Fort Pierce, I will always stand up for local authority because communities need to be able to govern and meet their respective community standards.”

The Florida League of Cities will officially recognize Mayor Hudson and Commissioner Johnson at a future event hosted by the Treasure Coast Regional League of Cities.

Founded in 1922, the Florida League of Cities is the united voice of Florida municipal governments. Its goals are to promote local self-reliance and meet the needs of Florida cities.

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Teresa R. Cabrera

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