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Carl Stokes

Best Politician: City Councilman Brandon M. Scott

The bidding was fierce in this category, and Councilman Carl Stokes almost got the prize for his forthright denouncement of the mayor’s use of the word “thugs” to describe April’s rioters. But Scott gets the nod for not demagoguing the issue, instead offering a nuanced view of the underlying causes that lets no one off the hook. He’s been a hard critic of the police department and a practical reformer, ushering in online crime reports, for example. He also bounced back from adversity. After a fellow city council member crushed his long-planned restaurant grading system, Scott returned with a compromise bill, which passed. And Scott walks the walk, quite...