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Who Is the Larkspur-Corte Madera 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 Larkspur-Corte Madera'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!

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Ellen Karel December 27, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I nominate Nancy Spivey, Larkspur's Senior Citizen of 2011, who this September led the Larkspur Walkers to its triumphant silver anniversary. The occasion marked 25 years that the group has been setting out for one-hour walks from Piper Park three days a week, 52 weeks a year. This is big news on two accounts. One is the fact that this spirited leader, hobbled recently by a bad hip, persevered for 25 years to maintain a vibrant walking group that is so essential to the health and well-being of its members, drawn from throughout Marin, 50 strong on some sunny days, some healing from heart attack, stroke, and joint replacement. The other event, perhaps just as remarkable, is that when Nancy stopped leading the group this fall, the walkers didn't miss a step. Well-trained volunteer leaders with planned support from Larkspur Recreation Department head Dick Whitley, seamlessly took over. The group is a model of citizens working with their local government. At heart dedicated to keeping seniors fit and thus able to thrive and contribute to their families, while minimizing impact on the health system, the group also serves as a social hub connecting seniors from throughout the county who, through their friendship and the energy they get from walking, in turn energize other community groups, such as the Corte Madera Women's Club, COM Emeritus College, and Marin Bocce Federation. Nancy Spivey leaves a legendary community walking group that will thrive into the future.

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