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Who Is the Benicia Person of the Year?

TIME magazine named President Barack Obama their person of the year. Tell us who you think should win from our town!

On Dec. 19, Time magazine named President Barack Obama as their Person of the Year.

“For finding and forging a new majority, for turning weakness into opportunity and for seeking, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union, Barack Obama is TIME's 2012 Person of the Year,” Time managing editor Richard Stengel explained in his note to readers.

The magazine invited votes on 40 candidates, including Obama, Gabby Douglas and Kim Jong Un. Other options included The Mars Rover and the Higgs Boson Particle.

But who cares about the same-old, same-old? Who is Benicia's Person of the Year—the man or woman who, in Timespeak, “most influenced the news this year for better or worse?”

Tell us your pick in the comment section below!

Peter Bray December 27, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I propose Phil Joy for his support of his Scrap Metal Drive supporting crossing guards in Benicia. And Constance Beutel for her overall Green Environmental activism. Peter Bray, Benicia, CA
Gayla Reiter December 27, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Elizabeth Patterson
Marie Knutson December 27, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I would like to nominate Constance Beutel for her leadership to create the first CleanTech fair and for bringing together an amazing group of people to work on the sustainability of the Benicia Industrial Park so that it is a desired destination to open/maintain a business.
Stan Golovich December 27, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Phil Joy, community service and community recognition as No. 1 driver in the WORLD in his motor-sport class.
Kenny December 27, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Bobby Richardson
John Galvan December 27, 2012 at 06:09 PM
David Ribeiro for his creation of FB's "You're a Real Benician if you remember...." Bringing Benicicians near and far together to rekindle old friendships and keeping the memory of Old Benicia alive!!!
T. Gunter December 27, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Another for Constance Beutel over here.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" December 27, 2012 at 06:59 PM
The fact that Time Magazine named president Obama man of the year does establish them as a now progressive and fair minded Magazine after, in my opinion, sinking to the rank of obscurity by electing George W. Bush, Time Magazine man of the year twice. They have not totally redeemed themselves in my magazine(book) but it's a start!!! I name Mayor Elizabeth Patterson as Benicias' person of the year for her LEADERSHIP ABILITIES!!!! LEAD LIKE A MAYOR Mayor Patterson you are a Great Benician-American and a sheer delight Your critics should realize that because of leaders like you they have that right Their right to dissent in a productive and civil voice Their right to agree to dis-agree in a civil discourse So Hold steadfast Mayor Patterson Don't let them make you timid or make you squirm For they know there is a place for people like you and it's called a SECOND TERM Another term to bestow generosity while teaching to be civil and to share Another term to show the world what true leadership is and how to LEAD LIKE A MAYOR
Babaloo December 27, 2012 at 10:01 PM
The turd is a better choice
AL December 27, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Phil Joy! He also isn't being paid to be of service to Benicia
rob pearson December 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Please! Anyone but the mayor or her council should be nominated. Anyone can waste money on projects we don't need as well as hiring unneeded consultants. Sure, why not Phil Joy?
Robert Livesay December 28, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Phil Joy. No contest
Craig December 28, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Another vote for Phil Joy.
Jay P December 29, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Three votes (third time) for the Twisted Sista.
Downtowner December 29, 2012 at 07:27 AM
Yeah right. Phil Joy needs to clean up his waterfront junk yard before he should be considered a contender...
Robert Livesay December 29, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Maybe if the mayor had kept her nose out it would have been paid for. Now there is a good possibility the property owners and the city will pay. Maybe, maybe not. But the willingness was there and for some strange reason the mayor gets involved and bye bye baby. It that leadership. Go Phil Joy.
Downtowner December 30, 2012 at 04:00 PM
With all due respect Mr. Livesay, Mr. Joy has personally added to the waterfront junkyard and has directly contributed to the blight. Although he has done other positive things for the community, it doesn't mean Benicia should turn a blind eye to these negative impacts.
Robert Livesay December 30, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Downtower just what has Mr. Joy added to the waterfront junkyard that has directly contributed to the blight. Please explain the negative impacts in detail. I do believe we would all like to know just what they are. It might chanbge some opinions and it might not.
Babaloo January 01, 2013 at 05:41 AM
the waterfont looks bad in my opinion. a few good things don't overshadow the mess they have down there. can't that metal be used for scrap ? the waterfont area could be such a beautiful place. but ..and i do mean but. that would mean people would be allowed to develop the area. with the backwards ideas of the council and the "people in charge"..it definately wont happen.
Babaloo January 01, 2013 at 05:42 AM
i still think the turd should win.

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