SEMINOLE — Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters, Vice Mayor Trish Springer, Councilor Thom Barnhorn and Councilor Jim Quinn were among more than 100 municipal officials recognized by the Florida League of Cities with the 2019 Home Rule Hero Award.

These local leaders earned the award for their efforts to protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s municipalities and to 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.