Best Of 2013

Best politician, Hillsborough County: County Commissioner Kevin Beckner

Best politician, Hillsborough County

Commissioner Beckner succeeded in ridding the county of the stench of the 2005 gay pride ban, but he also deserves kudos for fighting the good fight on a number of other progressive issues. When the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit board rejected a relatively mainstream bus ad by the Florida Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR), the commissioner valiantly defended the Islamic community against a member of the public intent on spreading the hate.