The Florida League of Cities recently recognized City of Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson with a 2017 Home Rule Hero Award. Mayor Hudson earned this prestigious award for her tireless efforts to advance the League’s legislative agenda and help protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s cities during the 2017 regular legislative session.
“Our Home Rule Heroes are shining examples of local advocacy in action,” said Boca Raton Mayor and Florida League of Cities President Susan Haynie. “These dedicated municipal officials take time out of their busy schedules to cultivate relationships with their legislators and help them understand the issues that are most important to their constituents back home. Thank you for all you do to help protect Home Rule and preserve the quality of life in your city.”
Home Rule is the ability for a city to establish its own form of government and enact ordinances, codes, plans and resolutions without prior state approval. The 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.
"Mayor Linda Hudson is a sensational example of a dedicated local official," said City Manager Nicholas Mimms. "The City of Fort Pierce is fortunate to have such a caring, compassionate, and selfless person lead our city. Not only does she graciously make time in her busy schedule to assist residents and businesses in every corner of our community, but she has also stepped into a statewide effort with the Florida League of Cities to ensure the concerns of local municipalities are addressed. Her efforts to preserve Home Rule powers is just another instance of her tenacious effort to aid those in need of strong representation."