There’s something brutally honest about recognition by one’s peers.
The same concept animates peer reviews of academic work. An academician makes his or her case to men and women whose experiences are not a lot different than his or her own. They, in theory, know what’s good and acceptable, and what’s deficient in form or substance.
And that’s why it’s my honor to congratulate all of the nominees and the winners of this year’s Best of the Capitol. The nominations came from our readers, who then picked the winners.
This means the nominees and awardees’ peers – our readers – have publicly concluded the honorees have done a remarkable job!
All the best,
Luige del Puerto
P.S. The Arizona Capitol Times newsroom played no role in selecting the nominees.
Best Elected Official – Republican: Sen. Kate Brophy McGee
Best Elected Official – Democrat: U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema
Best Debater – Republican: Sen. Eddie Farnsworth
Best Debater – Democrat: Sen. Martin Quezada
Best Bill Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Weninger
Toughest Bill/Hardest Sell: Equal Rights Amendment
Best Committee Chair: Sen. Heather Carter
Best Activist: Sandy Bahr
Best Lobbyist: Don Isaacson
Best Lobbyist Under 40: Jessie Armendt
Best Government Lobbyist: Amy Love
Toughest Lobbyist To Go Against: Don Isaacson
Best Lobbying Firm: Creosote Partners
Best Dressed: Russell Smoldon
Best Capitol/Political Lawyer: Roopali Desai
Best Capitol Staffer: Cynthia Aragon
Best Political Rising Star: Rep. Jennifer Longdon
Most Likely To Run for Congress: Rep. TJ Shope
Most Quotable Politico: Rep. Charlene Fernandez
Best Power Broker: Michael Crow
Best PR Person: Matthew Benson
Best PR Firm: Veridus
Best Twitterer: Garrett Archer (@Garrett_Archer)
Best Tweet: “We didn’t kill Rep. Cook’s HB2604 (meat; poultry misrepresentation). We took it to live on a farm two towns over where it can run and play with all the other bills.”-Rep. Kirsten Engel, March 2019
Best Industry, Trade & Professional Association: League of Arizona Cities & Towns
Best Charity: Valley of the Sun United Way
Best Grassroots Effort: Save Our Schools
Best Capitol Lawn Event: SRP Day at the Capitol
Best Protest Event: #38 Miles for the ERA
Best Political Action Committee: Ducey Victory Fund Committee
Best Candidate Campaign: Kyrsten Sinema for U.S. Senate
Best Campaign Manager: Arizonans for Affordable Electricity
Best Pollster: George Khalaf, Paul Bentz