The final two Delaware Politics Annual awards are for Delaware Citizen of the Year and National Person of the Year. The voting was close in each category. The runner up for Person of the Year was Edward Snowden who transformed the nation’s understanding of the national surveillance programs. The debate is now at the highest levels of governments globally and the most humble of homes on Main Street. The jury is still out on the legacy of Mr. Snowden. Will he sell out national secrets to protect himself? Is he a hero or mixed bag? Has he gone too far? No matter what one thinks of him, he has transformed the nation’s view of its government and sparked a global debate. The runner up for Delaware Citizen of the year was Dr. Kim Warfield. From feeding children snacks and dinner in the summer to facilitating youth programs throughout the year ranging from free mixed martial arts to fashion shows to advocating for children as a Court Appointed Child Advocate, few people have impacted the local community as much. Her impact is not just with children, the Delaware Chapter of the Frederick Douglas Foundation is educating teens and adults on Christian, Constitutionalist principles. In her spare time, she served her city as a fiscal watchdog, helping to evaluate city government and as a Commissioner of the Dover Human Relations Commission. She also served as a counselor at the Hope Clinic in Dover for those who cannot afford to pay for needed professional counseling. With those being the runners up, who could top them? Has anyone captured the attention of Americans more than Senator Ted Cruz of Texas? Senator Cruz is a great American who went to Washington to challenge it to do the business of the people not to get along and advance through the system. He is smart, talented, and ambitious. He is ready for a fight. A fight to save America from the moral and fiscal bankruptcy it now faces. He is a bold leader willing to use every tool that he must to reclaim the country that he loves. He is a polarizing figure even in Republican circles, but no one dominated the national debate more in 2013. Senator Ted Cruz is the Delaware Politics National Person of the Year. Is there enough good that can be said about Theresa Garcia? Not enough has been said. She and her husband Alex have been the most influential happy warriors of the Conservative/Patriot movement in the past two years. When Titan Russ Murphy suffered a stroke, the Patriot movement could have been sidelined. He is a charismatic leader, visionary, and organizer. Movements usually do not continue to flourish when that type of leader has to take a step back. The Garcias were involved in every facet of the leadership and stepped up. Theresa took the front role and moved not only the organization of the 9/12 Patriots forward, but the Conservative coalition. She may be the single most important local person in protecting the liberty of Delawareans and Constitutional heritage. From the right to bear arms, to protecting your paycheck from environmental utility mandates to standing up for property rights and economic freedom, she is educating, informing, and mobilizing thousands of Delawareans. Theresa is not afraid to play nicely with others. She is not afraid to share the credit. She is willing to take on the tough issues. The great part about the Garcias is that they are fun people to sit around a bondfire with. They are real people with whom you can laugh and joke, but these patriots have not stopped serving this great country as a former military family. They take working for a better America seriously whether in 9/12 or work in the community. They are great Americans and one of them, Theresa Garcia is our Citizen of the Year.