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  • Best Politician

    A fresh-faced, 31-year-old Democratic former teacher from Montgomery County named Bill Ferguson made history in 2010, beating a political institution—George Della Jr., the scion of a political family who’d been in local elected offices since 1976—to become the state senator representing Baltimore City’s 46th District, which wraps around the city’s economically vital waterfront. Ferguson, a first-time candidate, beat Della 59 percent to 41 percent—a stunning blow-out. In his first term, now ending, Ferguson accomplished a lot, getting through bills to help charter schools, increase government transparency, protect homeowners from losing their properties due to unpaid water bills, reform election and liquor laws, and help students better understand school loans. That’s an amazing record for a young freshman, and it’s likely not lost on Senate leaders as they consider legislators for key committee positions. That’s the kind of merit-based advancement that Baltimore’s leaders in Annapolis need to strive for, but few seem to aspire to. So, even though Ferguson took City Paper’s editorial judgment to task over a recent cover illustration, let it be known: We recognize quality even if it doesn’t recognize ours.
  • Best Exploitation of a Surname

    Trading on name recognition, legitimately or otherwise, is the oldest and most reliable tactic in the electoral playbook. Locally (for example), candidates named Curran, Conway, and Mitchell have always enjoyed a head start, even though they don’t...

    Best Display of Chutzpah

    Julius Henson is a political scoundrel for the history books. Having served many years as a ruthless campaign aide for Democratic candidates including, notably, his intimate pal, City Comptroller Joan Pratt, Henson in 2010 hired out to former Republican...

    Best Conaway

    What political family is more up in your Baltimore City life than the Conaways? Their campaign posters are plastered on vacants across the city, not to mention all over the Conaway home on Liberty Heights Avenue. Hell, if you got married here, Frank...

    Baltimore City sheriff candidate David Wiggins wigs out over Ray Rice domestic violence

    Baltimore City sheriff candidate David Wiggins wigs out over Ray Rice domestic violence
    David Anthony Wiggins likes to put a "©" after his name, but he might not want to copyright his latest posts about the Ray Rice story that erupted this week, after TMZ posted video of the Ravens player knocking his then-fiancee, Janay Rice, unconscious in...