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Best Local Political Figure

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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Local Political Figure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Stacey Abrams
If there's anything we learned from 2016, it's don't assume anything. And if we know anything about Stacey Abrams, it's that she won't give up without a fight. Previously serving as minority leader for the Georgia House, Abrams has run a tireless campaign for governor based on the issues, including themore...
If there's anything we learned from 2016, it's don't assume anything. And if we know anything about Stacey Abrams, it's that she won't give up without a fight. Previously serving as minority leader for the Georgia House, Abrams has run a tireless campaign for governor based on the issues, including the expansion of Medicaid, criminal justice reform, and affordable housing. As we stand on the precipice of change in our country, Abrams might be the surefire candidate that'll lead us to an inclusive and equitable future that benefits all Georgians. less...

Best Local Political Figure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
John Lewis

Best local political figure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
John Lewis
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Best local political figure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
John Lewis
johnlewis.house.gov

Best local public official BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Cityscape
Keith Parker

Best local political figure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
John Lewis
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Best local political figure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
John Lewis AND Kasim Reed

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Best local political figure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Kasim Reed

Best elected state official BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
State Rep. Stacey Evans
She doesn't have a reserved seat on Sunday morning talk shows like Mayor Kasim Reed. Nor the penchant for protests like state Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta. But State Rep. Stacey Evans, D-Smyrna, deserves every bit as much of the spotlight. CL bestowed her with a 2012 Arnie Award - our annual accolademore...
She doesn't have a reserved seat on Sunday morning talk shows like Mayor Kasim Reed. Nor the penchant for protests like state Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta. But State Rep. Stacey Evans, D-Smyrna, deserves every bit as much of the spotlight. CL bestowed her with a 2012 Arnie Award - our annual accolade for do-gooders under the Gold Dome - for coming back early from maternity leave to protest abortion legislation by wrapping herself in caution tape with other female Democratic lawmakers on the House floor. Evans took home yet another Arnie in 2013, this time for her adamant push to lower the HOPE scholarship's grade point average requirements for tech school students. Her proposal, which was designed to give students better access to vocational training opportunities at technical colleges, gained bipartisan support from her fellow lawmakers - as well as a reluctant Gov. Nathan Deal. www.staceyevans.org. less...

Best local political figure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Mayor Kasim Reed

Best local political figure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Mayor Kasim Reed

Local political figure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Kasim Reed

Best local political figure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Kasim Reed

Best local political figure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Kwanza Hall
Local elected officials — especially in Georgia — usually have to push a resolution proclaiming President Obama the Antichrist if they want to get their constituents’ attention. So give credit to ATLANTA CITY COUNCILMAN KWANZA HALL for reaching out, many times via his Blackberry.more...
Local elected officials — especially in Georgia — usually have to push a resolution proclaiming President Obama the Antichrist if they want to get their constituents’ attention. So give credit to ATLANTA CITY COUNCILMAN KWANZA HALL for reaching out, many times via his Blackberry. Thanks to an ability seemingly to be several places at once — due partly to his 140-character missives to the Twitterverse — the business development director has managed to achieve the unachievable: actually get residents in his district to care and become more engaged. The first-term councilman's been a tireless advocate for his historic and gentrifying district, which includes Poncey-Highland, Auburn Avenue and the eastern edge of Cabbagetown. And as a member of City Council's finance and executive committee, he's on the team that's set to unravel Atlanta's messy budget situation. It's no wonder that Hall, whom city political observers say is destined for higher office, is running unopposed for a second term. apps.atlantaga.gov/citycouncil/bios/2.htm. less...

Best local political figure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Mayor Shirley Franklin

Runners-up
U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall

Best Local Political Figure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
City Hall East (Permanently Closed)

Best Local Political Newcomer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Stacey Abrams

Best Local Political Figure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle
In the midst of the cesspool of the Georgia Capitol is an island of relative sanity — the office of LT. GOV. CASEY CAGLE. When Gov. Sonny “Florida Land Boy” Perdue and House Speaker Glenn “Love Those Blond Lobbyists” Richardson tried to use $142 million inmore...
In the midst of the cesspool of the Georgia Capitol is an island of relative sanity — the office of LT. GOV. CASEY CAGLE. When Gov. Sonny “Florida Land Boy” Perdue and House Speaker Glenn “Love Those Blond Lobbyists” Richardson tried to use $142 million in surplus tax cash as a political football, it was Cagle who played the role of responsible adult by stopping them. Cagle has also put points on the board in other areas. Although he’s wholeheartedly GOP, he’s more like your granddaddy’s Republicans, a little snooty but willing to treat the other side with respect in a debate — and even to listen. In the reddest of red states, that’s the best we can hope for. less...

Best Local Political Figure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Shirley Franklin

Best Local Politico BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Nan Orrock
Georgia has no lack of bad politicians. Linda Schrenko, Bill Campbell, Ralph Reed. You name ’em. What’s often missed is that we have some damn fine people in public office. Among them are Herhonner Shirley Franklin, U.S. Rep. John Lewis and the Fulton Commission’s Karen Handel.more...
Georgia has no lack of bad politicians. Linda Schrenko, Bill Campbell, Ralph Reed. You name ’em. What’s often missed is that we have some damn fine people in public office. Among them are Herhonner Shirley Franklin, U.S. Rep. John Lewis and the Fulton Commission’s Karen Handel. But this year’s pick for Best Politico is NAN ORROCK, a state House member since 1987 and a shoo-in to win the Eastside’s District 36 state Senate seat in November. What makes Orrock special? Consistency, for a start. She marched for Civil Rights in the ‘60s, has been a factory worker and union organizer, and helped found The Great Speckled Bird underground newspaper. As a legislator, she’s been tireless in working for real family issues. But Orrock’s also the rare Georgia politician who’s managed to increase her influence while holding true to progressive principles. She rose in the state House to minority whip, one of the top-ranked Democrats. Her smarts, energy and guts will quickly make her a force to reckon with in the Senate. less...

Best Local Politico BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Shirley Franklin

Best Local Politico BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Bobby Baker
Few politicians have stood up for the little guy better than Public Service Commissioner BOBBY BAKER. The Public Service Commission sets rates for utility companies that operate in Georgia, making decisions worth hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for residents and small businesses —more...

Few politicians have stood up for the little guy better than Public Service Commissioner BOBBY BAKER. The Public Service Commission sets rates for utility companies that operate in Georgia, making decisions worth hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for residents and small businesses — or in profits for big utilities. Over the years, Baker, a conservative Republican, has earned a reputation for opposing unnecessary rate hikes. He also has encouraged the commission to conduct its business in full view of the public. In short, he’s looked out for the average Georgian — and has refused to play party politics.
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Best Local Politico BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Mayor Shirley Franklin

Best Local Politico BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
U.S. Rep. John Lewis
There are undoubtedly many people in Atlanta who disagree with John Lewis' policies. An unabashed liberal and damn proud of it, Georgia's 4th District representative has long been one of Congress' strongest voices for social and economic justice, equal opportunity, environmental protection and education.more...
There are undoubtedly many people in Atlanta who disagree with John Lewis' policies. An unabashed liberal and damn proud of it, Georgia's 4th District representative has long been one of Congress' strongest voices for social and economic justice, equal opportunity, environmental protection and education. But even Lewis' staunchest opponents have a hard time attacking him. It's not just that he's a minister and certified civil rights hero who still bears the scars of trooper clubs on his noggin; he's just so nice. Unlike many of his millionaire wheeler-dealer colleagues, Lewis subsists on his congressional salary alone and stays in touch with his constituents, who've responded by handing him 70 percent (or greater) victories in every election since 1986. Thoughtful, honest and decent — how'd he ever get mixed up with that D.C. bunch? less...

Best Local Politico BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Roy Barnes
Seldom has Georgia seen such an effective combination of masterful political gamesmanship combined with a genuine drive to reform and reinvent state government. Since assuming office two years ago, this veteran legislator and lawyer has managed to cobble together coalitions spanning the traditional Democrat/Republicanmore...
Seldom has Georgia seen such an effective combination of masterful political gamesmanship combined with a genuine drive to reform and reinvent state government. Since assuming office two years ago, this veteran legislator and lawyer has managed to cobble together coalitions spanning the traditional Democrat/Republican and liberal/conservative gulfs, pushing through major changes to the state's highway, environmental, educational and health delivery systems. Needless to say, he's also stepped on some toes (to the point that the state school superintendent has pretty much quit her day job to conduct a 24/7 "I Hate Roy" campaign), but he remains genially unflappable. In the words of Mel Brooks' Louis XIV, "It's good to be king." less...

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