The category of “Best Civic Leader” was one that we decided to change up a bit this year, as we thought it sounded too political, and we were really hoping to see people honor people a bit more community-oriented from any type of background or cause.
So the category was changed to “Best Community Ambassador” and while many of the people nominated changed, the number one honoree remained the same: Mayor Michael Coleman.
In 2012, Mayor Coleman helped lead the charge to celebrate 200 years of Columbus, and politically stuck close to many of the basic quality of life issues including blight demolition, curbside recycling, street repairs and education reform. Oh, and he also mentioned once or twice that Columbus should have more swagger too.
The Top 10 Community Ambassadors of 2012:
- Mayor Michael Coleman
- Mike Brown
- Chris Sherman
- Timothy Wolf Starr
- Elizabeth Lessner
- Jim Sweeney
- Bethia Woolf
- Jeni Britton Bauer
- Nina West
- Johnny DiLoretto
Flashback: Best Civic Leader of 2011 – Mayor Michael Coleman
Flashback: Best Civic Leader of 2010 – Mayor Michael Coleman
Flashback: Best Civic Leader of 2009 – Mayor Michael Coleman
Flashback: Best Civic Leader of 2008 – Mayor Michael Coleman
Photo of Mayor Coleman by Jennifer René of Jennifer René Photography.