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Mayor John Gunter Honored with 2022 Home Rule Hero Award


The Florida League of Cities (FLC) recognized Cape Coral Mayor John Gunter with a 2022 Home Rule Hero Award for his hard work and advocacy efforts during the 2022 Legislative Session.

Mayor Gunter was chosen for working tirelessly throughout the 2022 legislative session to promote local voices making local choices, protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s municipalities, and advance the League’s legislative agenda. He was presented with the award alongside five other recipients at this afternoon’s FLC banquet.

“I am honored to receive this distinction from the Florida League of Cities,” said Mayor John Gunter. “As Mayor, it is my goal to continually advocate for the citizens of Cape Coral and ensure their voices are heard.”

Home Rule is the ability of a city to address local problems with local solutions and minimal state interference. Home Rule Hero Award recipients are local government officials, both elected and nonelected, who consistently responded to the FLC’s request to reach out to legislature members and help give a local perspective on an issue.

“We’re very proud to present this year’s Home Rule Hero Awards to a deserving group of municipal leaders,” said FLC Director of Legislative Affairs Casey Cook. “We had a record number of Home Rule Heroes this year, which shows the dedication and impact of local officials on behalf of their residents and businesses in protecting local decision-making.”