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Florida League of Cities Honors 2 Fort Pierce Officials with 'Home Rule Hero' Awards

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Mayor Linda Hudson and Commissioner Curtis Johnson, Jr. were recognized for their work to promote 'local voices making local choices'.

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

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’s municipalities, and advance the League’s legislative agenda.

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 on an issue.

“On behalf of the League and its legislative team, we’re 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 officials on behalf of their residents and businesses in protecting local decision-making. These local officials were constantly engaged and actively advocating for their communities throughout the 2022 Legislative Session. They’re heroes for Home Rule and we thank them for their efforts.”

“It is important to the City of Fort Pierce and the 400 plus Florida municipalities that the legislature recognizes Home Rule, a concept found in Florida’s constitution that allows local governments to serve residents in unique and effective ways," 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 recognition for the service that I love doing.," said Commissioner Johnson. "As a native Floridian, that was born and raised in Fort Pierce, I will always advocate for local ruling authority because local communities must be able to govern and respond to their respective community standards."

The Florida League of Cities will formally 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 for Florida’s municipal governments. Its goals are to promote local self-government and serve the needs of Florida’s cities.

For more information visit: https://flcities.com/.