Marylander of the Year finalists
When The Sun called on readers to submit nominations for Marylander of the year, they suggested a wide variety of people from all walks of life, some famous and some unknown. Selecting finalists was no easy matter, and in the coming weeks, we'll tell the stories of some who are deserving of recognition but missed this year's cut. But we are proud to introduce our five finalists for the award: Ben Jealous, Del. Maggie McIntosh, Gov. Martin O'Malley, Michael Phelps and Buck Showalter.
Picking Buck Showalter as Maryland of the Year isn't merely wrong, it is gutless. It is a safe, pandering pick that will anger no one ("Orioles manager Buck Showalter is the Marylander of the Year," Dec. 29). more.../span>
Four years after taking the helm of the NAACP and ushering in a generational change for the nation’s oldest and most prominent civil rights organization, Ben Jealous arrived as a major force in American politics this year. At a time when restrictive voter identification laws and the purging of voter rolls in some states threatened to disenfranchise millions of minority voters, Mr. Jealous stepped up the NAACP’s voter registration and mobilization -- an effor that played no small part in President Barack Obama’s victory in November. more.../span>
The passage of Maryland's marriage equality law this year was recognized by many readers as having been the most significant news event of 2012, and they suggested several people who were deserving of recognition as Marylander of the Year for their role in seeing it enacted. To represent them, we chose Del. Maggie McIntosh. Without her effort, marriage equality would not have passed either in the legislature or at the ballot box. She also had a pretty decent year as chairwoman of the House Environmental Matters Committee. more.../span>
When the year started, the talk around Annapolis was that Gov. Martin O'Malley had already checked out. In the sixth year of his tenure, many believed he was already looking ahead to a national role and viewed his day job as something of a chore. more.../span>
The human fish from Rodgers Forge was not supposed to be the star of the 2012 London Olympics. American Ryan Lochte was expected to break out of Michael Phelps' shadow, and in the run-up to the games, one of Mr. Phelps' other teammates publicly criticized his work ethic. And when the games began, it looked like the doubters might be right. After his stunning, eight-gold-medal performance in Beijing in 2008, Michael Phelps looked flat and listless in his first final of the Games, the 400 individual medley, an event he had once dominated. He finished fourth, out of the medals for the first time in any Olympic event he had entered since 2000. more.../span>
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