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 Hope for the Future: APD Chief Art Acevedo 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 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 Legacy of Triumph Out of Tragedy: The Mitchie Mitchell Foundation

After a 1989 drunken-driving accident left Fred Leon "Mitchie" Mitchell III severely injured at the age of 3, he and his mother, Joyce Adejumo, made it their mission to prevent the same tragedy from reaching other families. They lobbied hard to tighten drunken-driving laws and their successes include: 1993 Senate Bill 1 that requires immediate suspension of a drunken-driver's license; 1999 SB 114, lowering the blood alcohol content level from .10 to .08; and 2001's Open Container Bill, among others. Mitchell would've been 22 this month, but he died early this year of complications from a rare brain disorder. Though he's no longer with us, the foundation, named in his honor, continues his mission through educational outreach and provision of scholarships to high school students who've been affected by drunken driving. We'll miss you, Mitchie.

The Mitchie Mitchell Foundation
7801 N. Lamar, Ste. D-106, 512/420-0388,

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