47. John Eaves

John Eaves
Illustration by Alex Fine

Focus Politics
Age 53
Fulton County’s commission chairman has had an unlikely resurgence since winning reelection last year. After years of stalemates between the board’s northern and southern reps, Eaves has become the swing vote in an increasingly united body. Together the current commission has restored library hours and prevented Grady Memorial Hospital cuts. He’s even begun to patch up a once-icy relationship with Atlanta’s mayor on issues like homeless services, but hasn’t been shy about publicly challenging Reed over the new leadership of the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority.

Marriage equality Eaves helped ensure that his county was ready to wed same-sex couples immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Georgia’s gay marriage ban on June 26.

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This article originally appeared in our October 2015 issue.