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Best Local Politician 

St. Charles County Councilman Paul Wynn

Paul Wynn does not smoke, and nary a drop of drink doth touch his lips. If Wynn has a vice, it's a three-letter word: war. The West Point grad did a tour in Saudi Arabia with the U.S. Army during the Gulf War, and when the War on Terror commenced, the self-described unabashed conservative joined up for another swing through the Middle East with the Army Reserves. Last fall Wynn was working as a transportation manager for Solutia when he got a third call to arms. This time he shipped out for twelve months to work as a military security contractor. "I couldn't say no!" exclaims Wynn from a Skype-connected phone in Iraq. The Brentwood native left behind a wife and five kids in O'Fallon — not to mention a newly earned seat on the St. Charles County Council, which he won in November 2008. Though his colleagues on the council say they're getting along OK without Wynn, St. Charles County will be happy to welcome home their one-of-a-kind public servant later this year.

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