Best Public Servant

Raúl Grijalva

Readers Pick

Throughout his various careers, Raúl Grijalva has always been the squeaky wheel. Now, as the U.S. representative for the relatively new Congressional District 7, Grijalva continues his noisy ways. Always the champion of the underdog, he has co-sponsored the Healthy Families Act of 2004, proposed serious immigration reform, served on the House education and workforce committees (to name a few), challenged the EPA on environmental issues, supported farm workers' legislation, spoken out for women's reproductive freedom, was fundamental in getting affordable housing grants for local projects and called for Donald Rumsfeld's resignation (which alone should earn him this BOT spot). He also seems to stay active locally. He's making a name for himself among the Democrats. They actually had him speak for veep-in-waiting John Edwards in Boston this year. Call this one Mr. Grijalva Goes to Washington.

Runner up:

2. Bob Walkup

Sign of the impending apocalypse: Guy Atchley, one vote

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