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Best Hometown Politician 

Tom Ammiano

San Francisco's favorite schoolteacher and stand-up comic turned politician has had a helluva year. Ammiano played himself quite convincingly as a 1970s gay activist with a marked Jersey accent in Milk. The universal health care bill he wrote while a city supervisor got a shoutout from President Barack Obama in an address to U.S. mayors. And, of course, he ascended from his 14-year post as wisecrackin' supe to the state Assembly after November's election. In February, he proved he hadn't left his San Francisco values behind when he introduced a measure to legalize marijuana. You can take the politician out of San Francisco, but apparently you can't take San Francisco out of the politician.

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