WILLISTON — The Florida League of Cities recently recognized Dr. Helen Miller, mayor of White Springs, with a 2019 Home Rule Hero Award.
Miller was presented this prestigious award by Amber Hughes, Legislative Advocate for the Florida League of Cities, at the Quarterly Meeting of the Suwannee River League of Cities held in Williston on June 20. Miller was recognized for her tireless efforts to protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s municipalities and advance the League’s legislative agenda during the 2019 legislative session.
“The dedication and effort of these local officials during the 2019 legislative session was extraordinary,” FLC Legislative Director Scott Dudley said in a release. “Mayor Miller is one of our biggest advocates for municipal issues, and she’s a shining example of local advocacy in action. On behalf of the League and its legislative team, we’re proud to recognize Mayor Miller and thank her for her 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.
Miller is a Member of the Suwannee River League of Cities Board of Directors, a past-SRLC president, and a recipient of its Municipal Official of the Year Award. She continues to serve on the Utilities, Natural Resources, and Public Works legislative policy committee of the Florida League of Cities, and during the 2018-2019 legislative session served as its Chair. Miller is a tireless advocate for children and their families, and the important role education plays in developing opportunities for all children. She recently incorporated The Project HOPE, Inc., a 501(c)(3), to address these important issues. Project HOPE is currently partnering with state and local agencies and individuals to deliver STEM in the Park, a summer camp for youth in the greater White Springs area.