1. 2012 Best of the Capitol - Best Coordinated Campaign: Jerry Lewis During Pearce Recall

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    Sen. Jerry Lewis' campaign during the 2011 Russell Pearce recall election is the winner of the Arizona Capitol Times' 2012 Best of the Capitol Best Coordinated Campaign award. Watch him describe what it took to win the historic election and how his sense that victory was possible was present from the beginning of the campaign.

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    • 2012 Best of the Capitol - Best Twitterer and Rising Star: Katie Hobbs

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      Rep. Katie Hobbs is the Arizona Capitol Times' 2012 Best of the Capitol Best Twitter and Rising Star. Watch as she shows why she won the award this year.

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      • 2012 Best of the Capitol - Best Person to Have on a Golf Foursome: Kathy Senseman

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        Kathy Senseman, a consultant at Policy Development Group, is the winner of the 2012 Best of the Capitol Best Person to Have on a Golf Foursome award. Watch as she explains the training regiment that led her to this illustrious victory.

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        • 2012 Best of the Capitol - Best Elected Officials: Greg Stanton & Scott Smith

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          Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith are the Arizona Capitol Times' 2012 Best of the Capitol Best Elected Officials, in the Republican and Democratic categories. Watch the opening sequence for their new hit sitcom "Scott & Greg."

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          • 2012 Best of the Capitol - Best Hair: Chad Campbell & Amy Love

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            Arizona House Minority Leader Chad Campbell and Amy Love, Legislative Liaison at the Arizona Supreme Court, are the 2012 Best of the Capitol Best Hair award winners. Watch as the two get ready for the 2012 Arizona Capitol Times Best of the Capitol Awards Ceremony.

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            • 2011 Leaders of the Year - Government: Paul Matson

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              Paul Matson, Executive Director, Arizona State Retirement System Canadian Paul Matson doesn’t wait until the sun goes down to run. Iced grapefruit juice in hand, he runs desert trails in the middle of the day, preferably when the temperature climbs above 100 degrees.

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              • 2011 Leaders of the Year - Social Services: Darrel Christenson

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                Darrel Christenson, Vice president/director of community integration, Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL) Darrel Christenson has made it to every major league ball park in the nation, yet he cannot see out of his right eye.

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                • 2011 Leaders of the Year - Lifetime Achievement Award: Hon. John Driggs

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                  Hon. John Driggs, Former Mayor, City of Phoenix John Driggs was minding his own business, which in 1969 was a financial institution that later became Western Savings and Loan Association, when four movers and shakers popped into his office with a proposition.

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                  • Best Hair (male & female) - 2011 Best of the Capitol

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                    Marcus Dell'Artino: Now a five-time recipient of the Best of the Capitol award for his hairstyle, Marcus Dell’Artino hears — coming up behind him — the sound of rustling hair. “The competition is getting tougher — and more threatening,” says Dell’Artino, a parter at Phoenix-based FirstStrategic Communications & Public Affairs. “It’s becoming a fierce battle to hold on,” he says. “(Rep.) Ed Ableser is gaining on me.” Dell’Artino, who has spent 1 ½ years at FirstStrategic after nine years at Public Policy Partners, scoffed at Best Political Operative Danny Seiden’s suggestion to the Capitol Times that he can be found each night at 9 p.m. in curlers. “My secret is a head-soothing gel made up of acacia berries and Bud Light,” Dell’Artino says with a chuckle, cautioning readers not to attempt copying his formula. “It’s too dangerous to mix at home,” he says. Living with five awards will be similar to what it’s been like with four, he says, best evidenced when he enters a room. “It’s certainly a topic of conversation among my clients,” he says. “They say, ‘Oooh, it’s the hair guy.’” Dell’Artino says his girlfriend remains unfazed by his sartorial fame. “She doesn’t care what I do so long as the house is clean and food is on the table,” he says. “And I’m wondering what she’s going to say when she reads that.” Great hair can be both an asset and a liability to the task of representing clients to lawmakers and other state officials, Dell’Artino says. “It cuts both ways,” he says. “I do appreciate that there are nice people out there who voted for me.” Turning serious if only for a moment, he says what ultimately matters to his clients, which include several Fortune 500 companies, is the hard work he puts in on their behalf. After all, he did win for lobbying — once. It was second place in 2008. And shoes? Again, only once, last year. Sounds like Dell’Artino will be hearing that he’s “the hair guy” for some time to come. As for his age, Dell’Artino played coy, suggesting that’s something only his hairdresser may know for sure. “I’m 39,” he says, “and I’m sticking to it.” Eileen Klein: When Eileen Klein was selected as Jan Brewer’s chief of staff in 2009, the governor praised her as possessing “a wealth of financial, economic and executive level managerial experience.” That’s all true; but what about her hair? While Klein has certainly been pivotal in the Governor’s Office, absent from Brewer’s ringing praise was one of Klein’s most immediately striking assets — her impeccably styled golden locks. Lauded across the Capitol for her enviable style and ceaseless energy, Klein takes the top award this year as an expertly coiffed crusader for the agenda of one of the nation’s most high-profile governors. Klein is, in fact, so busy that she inquires how long it might take to discuss her laudable locks. “What is your turnaround time on this?” Klein asks. “Within one can of hairspray?” Before being selected as chief of staff, Klein served as the deputy chief of staff for finance, and director of the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting. Prior to joining Brewer’s administration, Klein was chief operating officer for Arizona Physicians IPA by UnitedHealthcare, a $1 billion corporation serving Arizonans enrolled in AHCCCS and ADHS programs. She has also been an executive committee member of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 2008, Klein was named the organization’s “Volunteer of the Year.” Now, to those accolades can be added a mention for bringing a little glamour within the halls of government — something Klein does with aplomb and with effortless ease.

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                    • Best Dressed, Best Shoes, Best Handbag (female) - 2011 Best of the Capitol

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                      Michele Reagan: Sen. Michele Reagan, the inaugural winner for Best Handbag, a new category for 2011 Best of the Capitol, is a little reluctant to discuss the honor, as her husband might read it and discover the true extent of her collection. “I don’t want to tell you how many I have,” she laughs. When pressed, however, she passionately dives into a colorful description of her handbags, some of which she calls “crazy” and others “conservative.” Some bags in her collection feature cartoon images and Armani labels, while others are fashioned out of tin or laced in sequins. Despite the effervescent nature of her collection, however, Reagan describes her own fashion style as more serious, as befits her position as a longtime legislator. Reagan was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2002 and served six years as chairman of the House Commerce Committee. In 2010, she was elected to the Arizona Senate. “Typically, I dress very conservatively,” she says, noting that, as a lawmaker, she feels better prepared for the demands of the day when attired “in a nice suit and a great pair of shoes.” In fact, she says that while her handbag collection be noteworthy, she is also proud of her shoe collection, and is eager to snag the “Best Shoes” award when Best of the Capitol swings around next year. “I’m going for it again,” says Reagan. “Tell (Sen.) Kyrsten Sinema it’s on. The campaigning starts now.” Kyrsten Sinema: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is no stranger to the “Best Of” list, having previously won a slew of honors as a highly influential legislator and as one of the most stylish women at the Capitol. This year, her presence on the awards list is again felt across the board, as the best Democratic senator in the 50th Legislature, and as an elegantly attired lawmaker boasting a remarkable shoe collection. Sinema says she is simply honored to be able to advocate for the members of her district — while looking great, of course. “Serving my constituents each and every day as their senator by fighting for public schools, holding government accountable and making sure big corporations and the rich pay their fair share is one of the greatest honors I have as an elected official,” Sinema says. “Doing it in great style and fabulous shoes is just a bonus!” Fortunately, Sinema is not only a seasoned lawmaker but also an accomplished shopper and a supporter of the many unique boutiques and clothing stores of her central Phoenix legislative district. “But I don’t think my clothes and shoes make me a better legislator,” Sinema says. “My style — sort of a ‘colorful contemporary meets retro classic’ — is actually the last thing on my mind during the days when I’m working to pass good bills, defeat bad bills and secure a strong future for Arizona.” Sinema maintains a rigorous schedule working as a lawyer when the Legislature is not in session, and as an adjunct professor in ASU’s School of Social Work, where she is also a doctoral candidate. In 2010, Sinema was named one of Time magazine’s “40 Under 40” movers and shakers in American politics.

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