Seminole, Belleair Bluffs Officials Named ‘Home Rule Heroes’
They received the distinction for their their tireless efforts to advance the League’s legislative agenda and help protect the home rule powers of Florida’s cities during the 2019 legislative session.
The honor went to four elected officials in Seminole: Mayor Leslie Waters, Vice Mayor Trish Springer, Council Member Thom Barnhorn and Council Member Jim Quinn. In Belleair Bluffs, City Administrator Debra Sullivan earned the award for the second time since 2017.
The recognition by the Florida League of Cities went to more than 100 municipal officials across Florida. These local leaders earned this award for their tireless efforts to protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s municipalities and advance the League’s legislative agenda.
“The dedication and effort of these local officials during the 2019 legislative session was extraordinary,” said FLC Legislative Director Scott Dudley. “These are some of our biggest advocates for municipal issues, and they’re shining examples of local advocacy in action. On behalf of the League and its legislative team, we’re proud to recognize each and every one of them and thank them for their service.”
Home Rule is the ability for a city to address local problems with local solutions with minimal state interference. Home Rule Hero Award recipients are local government officials, both elected and nonelected, who consistently responded to the League’s request to reach out to members of the legislature and help give a local perspective to an issue.
Main photo shows, clockwise from top left, Mayor Leslie Waters, Council Member Thom Barnhorn, Council Member Jim Quinn and Vice Mayor Trish Springer.
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