FAVORITE SON: Best Local Politician

Nan Orrock

Staff Pick

For decades, she’s fought the good fight, starting in the ’60s with the March on Washington and her work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. In the ’60s and ’70s, she helped oversee counterculture zine the Great Speckled Bird, which was created as a backlash against the Vietnam War. From there, she climbed the political ranks slowly and paid her dues, taking the time to see her ideas and proposals reach fruition. For nearly 20 years, she’s served in the Georgia General Assembly, initially in the House, where she was the first woman to hold the position of House minority whip, and more recently in the Senate. And as president of the Women’s Legislative Lobby, she’s assumed the task of opposing excessive military spending to guide those funds toward human services and environmental cleanup. NAN ORROCK is one of those rare politicians who makes you proud – a class act with steadfast values and nary a sensational headline in sight. www.nanorrock.com.

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