9. Regina Imburgia
The name may not immediately ring a bell, but Regina Imburgia is responsible for Dallas’ long, often stupefying, always amusing fight over fluoridation.
Fluoridation is a basic civic good. It helps kids who have less access to dental care avoid cavities. That didn’t stop Imburgia at the rest of her Colonel Ripper-aping crew from inundating City Council meetings with their nonsense, creating the immortal, Martin Luther King Jr.-citing website dogsagainstfluoridation.com and leading former-City Council member Sheffie Kadane to sound even more confused than usual as he endorsed their plan to stop adding fluoride to the water supply.
Imburgia didn’t succeed, thank goodness, but local media, the Observer included, and the council ended up talking about a non-issue for months.
Woof. This was dumb.