The Florida League of Cities (FLC), the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments, recently recognized Mount Dora Councilmember Doug Bryant with a 2023 Home Rule Hero Award for his hard work and advocacy efforts during the 2023 Legislative Session. Bryant worked tirelessly throughout session to promote local voices making local choices, protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s municipalities and advance the League’s legislative agenda.
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 on an issue.
“It has been said that the best form of government is that which is closest to the people. This is not an infallible rule, as history has taught us, but, generally, local officials know their neighbors, their communities and their problems better than anyone else,” said Bryant.
Bryant is serving his second term as an At-Large member of the Council. He has served on the Mount Dora Planning and Zoning Commission, the City Charter Review Commission and the Lake County Water Authority board. His previous local government experience includes city and county planning director positions, city and county prosecutor offices, and state legislator (Wyoming). He also had a stint as a coastal planner in Hawaii. Doug has a Bachelor’s degree in political science, Master’s degree in community planning and a Law degree.
Bryant and his wife, Chris, moved to Mount Dora in 2013 after five years of frequent visits. He worked as a historic tour guide with Mount Dora Segway and has taken classes to become a Florida Master Naturalist. Doug enjoys traveling, reading, tennis, pickleball, running, obstacle courses and nearly any outdoor activity.