Larry P. Arnn is president of The Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, in Southern California.
Neil G. Giuliano was first elected mayor of Tempe, Ariz., in 1994, and has twice been reelected. Now 41, he was the youngest person ever to have been elected to that office. He is also director of Federal and Community Relations at Arizona State University.
Glenda E. Hood is mayor of Orlando, Fla. Now serving her second four-year term, she is providing the focus for the
community's continued development in the world marketplace as the organizer and chairwoman of the Metro Orlando International Affairs Commission and is spearheading the reuse of the Orlando Naval Training Center, the city's most ambitious economic development project.
Gregory S. Lashutka, became mayor of Columbus, Ohio, in 1992. He won the 1993 Municipal Leader of the Year Award from America City and County magazine. Under the leadership of the former professional football player and former President of the National League of Cities, Columbus had broadened his outlook to become one of America's premier inland international cities.
Gary McCaleb is mayor of Abilene, the first Texas city to approve the half-cent sales tax for economic development. Throughout three mayoral terms, he has emphasized economic diversification, downtown revitalization, and information technology. He serves on advisory boards for the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Betty Lou Ward has been a county commissioner in Wake County, N.C., which includes Raleigh, since 1988. In 1994 she was elected president of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, only the second woman in the history of the association to hold that position. In July, she was installed as president of the National Association of Counties.
Rick Webb is CIO of North Carolina and assistant secretary of the Department of Commerce. Webb oversees the state's Information Technology Services division, responsible for managing the tactical, operational arm of technology and setting directions for the future. In his first year as CIO, he has spearheaded the state
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