Best of Austin More 2007 Critics Politics & Personalities Best Political Theatre: Rep. Pat Haggerty's Quorum-Busting Walk-Out Best at Restoring Some Faith in Law Enforcement: Texas Ranger Brian Burzynski Best Rubber-Elvis-Wig-Wearing Messenger to the People: Dave the Guadalupe Sign Guy Best Government Defender of Open Government: Attorney General Greg Abbott Best Rain-or-Shine Anti-War Campaigners: Women in Black Feistiest Neighborhood Rebellion: Arms Around Northcross, Responsible Growth for Northcross Hunkiest Mayor: Will Wynn Best Guardians for Keeping SoCo Locally Owned: Rob Lippincott, Abe Zimmerman, Stan Biderman Best Brother and Sister Team Bringing National Attention to Austin: Liz Lambert and Lou Lambert Most Sincere Embodiment of Old Austin: Brooks Brannon Best Lobbyist Who's Not in It for the Money: Anne Dunkelberg Best Visiting Activist: Rob Kampia, Marijuana Policy Project Best Neighborhood Gift to Austin: Town Lake Park Best Unsung Hero: Keith Hampton Most Iconoclastic Neighborhood Association: Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association Best City-Owned Cemetery: Oakwood Cemetery Best Closure: Holly Power Plant Best Legacy of Triumph Out of Tragedy: The Mitchie Mitchell Foundation Most Civil Liberating Lady: Lisa Graybill Best New Crossover Hit: Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge Best Hammers of Justice: Austin Pride Build 2007

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Best Hope for the Future: APD Chief Art Acevedo

Although newly appointed Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo has only been in town – officially, that is – for a few months now, he's already done what police chiefs before him could only hope to do (or perhaps never thought to do, or maybe never thought possible): He's earned the respect and support of community activists and of the police union – two groups that rarely agree on anything. That in itself is a feat to be commended. He actively researched Austin and its politics before deciding to enter the race to become chief, and not only did he decide he was still interested in the job, but he's also dazzled just about everyone in town, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Austin Police Association, and Toby Futrell. He's an independent and energetic thinker who wants to make the police department more nimble and responsive – worthy goals that we suspect he might actually achieve.

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