The Florida League of Cities recently recognized Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig with its 2019 Home Rule Hero Award. Gerwig, one of several officials statewide to get the honor, earned the prestigious award for her advocacy efforts to protect the home rule powers of Florida’s municipalities and advance the league’s legislative agenda during the 2019 legislative session.
“Local self-government is the keystone of American democracy. I am committed to advocating home rule as a way to assert, in law, our community’s mission and vision for the future, and protect our right to maintain our quality of life,” Gerwig said.
Home rule refers to the ability for municipalities 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 respond to the league’s request to reach out to members of the legislature and help give a local perspective on an issue.