The Florida League of Cities, celebrating its 100th anniversary as the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments, recently recognized Crestview City Manager Tim Bolduc, Mayor JB Whitten, and Councilman Shannon Hayes with a 2022 Home Rule Hero Award for their hard work and advocacy efforts during the 2022 Legislative Session.
- Bolduc worked throughout session to promote local voices making local choices, protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s municipalities, and advance the League’s legislative agenda.
“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,” FLC Director of Legislative Affairs Casey Cook said. “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.”
Home Rule is the ability of 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 non-elected, 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.
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“I believe that the strongest form of government is the government closest to home,” Mr. Bolduc said. “We always want to make sure that we have access to our leaders closest to us because their decisions make the greatest impact on our lives.”