Palmetto Bay Councilmember Karyn Cunningham was one of nearly 70 city officials recognized in mid-June with 2015 Home Rule Hero Awards. The awards will be presented at the Miami-Dade League of Cities meeting on Aug. 6, according to Erika M. Branchcomb of the Florida League of Cities.
Cunningham is being honored for “her tireless efforts to advance the League’s legislative agenda and help protect the home rule powers of Florida’s cities” during the 2015 legislative session. 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.
“Councilmember Karyn Cunningham embodies the definition of a Home Rule Hero. She is extremely dedicated and works hard for the citizens of Village of Palmetto Bay,” said Scott Dudley, Florida League of Cities legislative director. “She brings that same level of commitment and energy to helping the Florida League of Cities lobbying team and is always ready and willing to contact legislators and help advocate in support of home rule. Councilmember Karyn Cunningham has and always will be a valuable asset to her city and the state of Florida.”
Cunningham, who was elected to Village Council Seat 1 on Nov. 4, 2014, is a native of Miami-Dade County and a graduate of Miami Palmetto Senior High. She graduated cum laude from the University of South Florida in 1985 and holds certification in Elementary Education and Psychology. She received her Urban Education Certification from Florida International University in 1987, is an accomplished teacher, community activist, and advocate for education.
“Strong home rule powers ensure government stays close to the people it serves,” Cunningham said. “That’s why I have been, and will continue to be, an advocate for the League — to help eliminate unfunded mandates and preemptions, and protect cities’ right to home rule powers.”
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