Best Of 2007

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A POLITICAL NEWCOMER: Tampa City Councilwoman Mary Mulhern

Tampa City Councilwoman Mary Mulhern

Yes, we’re biased when it comes to one of our own. But who would have figured that our little ol’ visual arts critic would produce the upset victory that could turn around the Democratic Party in Hillsborough County? Mulhern showed that hard work and grassroots beats money and the power of incumbency — sometimes. And since her win, she’s led a progressive movement on the City Council, includ-ing criticizing the County Commission’s attempts to abolish its wetlands protection division and demanding that the city be given a seat on the county’s Environmental Protection Commission’s board.