There's no harder-working public official in Mecklenburg County than Jennifer Roberts. If there's a ribbon to be cut or an accomplish to laud, she'll be there with a smile and some good words. That enthusiasm is contagious, because Roberts seems to have a genuine love for the city and county in which she lives.
Cogdell hasn't had as many opportunities to do the same, but he'd be hard-pressed to be as thoughtful and sunny about Charlotte when the world pulls up to our driveway next summer.
Next up: Leader.