Who's Enumclaw's Person of the Year?

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

On Dec. 19, Time magazine named President Obama their Person of the Year, again!

The magazine invited votes on 40 candidates, including the president, Gabby Douglas and Kim Jong Un. Other options included The Mars Rover and the Higgs Boson Particle, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, and Apple CEO Tim Cook. But, the president took the title again four years after he first won the award as president-elect in 2008.

But who cares about the same-old, same-old? Who is Enumclaw’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, and more importantly, tell us why you chose them!

Nancy Merrill December 26, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Superintendent Mike Nelson. The quiet, guiding, and insightful leadership Mr. Nelson provides in our school district and across the community as Chamber board member, Rotarian, and Enumclaw Regional Healthcare task forces is, I believe, the common denominator for so many good things happening in the greater Black Diamond, Enumclaw, Buckley area.
Trudy D'Armond December 26, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Ken Kerr, former owner of the Chalet Theater passed away a few short weeks ago. For generations, Ken had been over-the-top in his generosity to this community. I believe it's time to remember the true "givers" in this town and to honor Ken Kerr in this fashion would be a truly lovely thing to do.
Bill Otto December 26, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Kevin Mahalona
Danielle McIntosh December 26, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I agree it should be Ken Kerr. He was an institution in Enumclaw and he kept an independent theater going decades past when most went corporate. Was he a huge news maker? Probably not, but I do think he is Enumclaw's Person of the Year.
Bryson Michael December 26, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Fran Murphy December 26, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I am also recommending Ken Kerr. Ken would always come down into the theater after the movie and ask Claire and me, "Well, what did you think?" Every time. He would often renew the idea that our opinion mattered to him. For as long as we have lived here, Ken demonstrated a tremendous love for film and an unfaltering commitment to share that value with others. For all that he contributed to the community he will be greatly missed, but his legacy will never go away. Ken is a wonderful choice for Person of the Year.
dexterjibs December 27, 2012 at 01:41 AM
I nominate Athena Dean, who had the courage to stand up to a bunch of religious bullies.
dexterjibs December 27, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I also nominate that detective from the police department, Grant Mccal. He helped lock up an alleged child rapist who now awaits trial. All the while, having to endure false accusation from the cult church that this alleged child rapist is associated with. He has truly helped this community.
cathy December 27, 2012 at 05:43 AM
I would also like to recommend Ken Kerr. A wonderful man who so humbly and generously contributed to maintaining the small town quality of life and neighborliness that we love. Kevin Mahelona is also to be applauded for all his caring civic service to our city...a good man who wanted the best for his community.
Alexis Danielle DePlazes December 27, 2012 at 09:49 AM
Ken Kerr all the way !!!!
Enumclaw Music December 27, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Ken Kerr made if affordable to go to movies with my family. One vote for him.
Enumclaw Music December 27, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Yes, Mike Nelson too. Isn't he running for president soon? We will vote for him :)
Diane Olson December 27, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Ken Kerr. He made going to the movies a community affair. Always fun.
April Chan December 28, 2012 at 06:01 AM
Laura C. shared her nominee with us, via email: "Person of the Year in Enumclaw, that's easy - Mayor Liz Reynolds. Liz combines her ability to willingly work long hours and her compassionate warmth with a sensible attitude toward what needs to be done. We all know the economic straights Enumclaw has faced the past few years and how each city department has had to cut until it hurts. Paring the budget while keeping a clear perspective of City needs has probably been her greatest challenge. In a sense, we all share the burden of the outcome of her decisions yet she is the one who gracefully has accepted these challenges. She is humble, thoughtful with integrity and commitment to Enumclaw's citizens. Those attributes make her my choice for Enumclaw's Person of the Year."


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