Best Democrat - 2010
Annise Parker has spent years being a quiet, middle-of-the-road Democrat in the putatively nonpartisan world of City Hall politics. This year, though, she became a worldwide celebrity. Why? Because she loves the ladies, of course. (One lady in particular for the past 20 years). This hasn't caused much stir in Houston in recent years, and was barely brought up in the mayoral race or runoff. But once she won, it was all anyone could talk about. Reporters from all over the world wanted interviews. Oh, and she's also governed well in her first year, especially with regards to Metro.
READERS' CHOICE: Bill White