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Vote for the 2011 Mill Valley Person of the Year

We've whittled down the nominees to the six finalists who received the most submissions, so now it's your town. Who made the biggest impact on our town in 2011? Voting ends Dec. 28 at 5 p.m.

We asked you last week to nominate people for , and you responded in spades.

Our query received dozens of nominations, with a number of people garnering multiple nominations. We’ve whittled down the list to the five people or groups that garnered the most nominations. Here they are, with a short synopsis of who they are the reasons they were nominated. Vote in the poll below to make your pick – we’ll run a story on the winner next week.

Paula Reynolds – The former trustee took on a new role two years ago, capping her tenure as head of the with quite a feat. Reynolds spearheaded the and come up with a plan to get the struggling business advocacy organization back on its feet in 2012.

Charles McGlashan – The late Marin County Supervisor and Mill Valley resident on an array of in his short political career, and throughout the county.

Ken Wachtel – Perhaps more than any recent member of the Mill Valley City Council, Wachtel seemed to relish the year he spent as mayor. Upon earlier this month, Wachtel was hailed by his colleagues for his dedication to his city and his ability to maintain a sense of humor while doing so.

Jessica Nicholson – The choral director for the has been credited by parents and teachers one of the school district’s greatest assets, helping “hundreds of students gain self esteem and have the time of their lives” through the school’s music programs.

Ken Brooks – The former owner of the Staccato clothing store downtown took on the challenge of leading the effort to , one year after the event and foreshadowed the , the .

The Next Generation – 2011 was full of stories of recent Tam High grads declaring their love for their hometown and then walking the walk. From the and to and , the next generation showed that “the community is moving forward and staying relevant!”

Voting ends Dec. 28 at 5 p.m.

sally catalana December 21, 2011 at 11:32 PM
love the next genration category
The Truth December 26, 2011 at 08:07 AM
Not to be too technical here, but the Next Generation isn't a person, so the nomination wouldn't be eligible to win the "2011 Mill Valley PERSON of the Year."
Jim Welte December 28, 2011 at 01:52 AM
In response to The Truth - you make a very good point that our title for this feature is a bit unwieldy. But we wanted to honor the original groups that received the most nominations and so while they might not be a person, per se, it is certainly a category worthy of inclusion, just as TIME magazine's choice to honor "The Protester" this year and other non-individuals in past years. Hope that clarity helps.

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