Meet the finalists for the 2020 Citizen of the Year. The winner was revealed in a livestream on Thursday, Aug. 20.

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Meet José Boix, a retired chemical/environmental engineer, who serves on several boards and committees, including the Texas City Historical Preservation Board; Fatima Education Foundation Board and Texas City Independent School District Foundation for the Future Board.

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Meet Amelia Collins who is retired from the University of Texas Medical Branch and volunteers for the Acute Care for the Elderly Unit at UTMB, Moody Gardens Special Peoples Ball, Friends of Moody Gardens and other fundraising events.

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Meet Ernie Deats, a rancher and author of 13 books, who is involved with the Dickinson Independent School District Education Foundation, M.I. Lewis Food Bank, Dickinson Cemetery, Methodist Church and Dickinson Historical Society.

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Meet B.J. Herz, a retired teacher who volunteers for nonprofit boards dedicated to families, children and youth, such as Better Parks for Galveston, the Ronald McDonald House and the City of Galveston Families, Children and Youth Board.

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Meet Amber Jinkins, an accountant/analyst/tax professional who is an active member of the Resource & Crisis Center of Galveston County, Sunshine Center, International Oleander Society, Better Parks for Galveston and other organizations.

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Meet James Pittman, a medical student at the University of Texas Medical Branch, who is the founder and president of the “NEMO” Project, a program dedicated to handing out food and essential items to individuals without homes here in Galveston.

(5) comments

Gary Scoggin

A great collection! I’ve got several friends on this list so I don’t know whom to root for! But kudos to all for everything you do for our communities!

Ron Shelby

Great Group!

Steve Rockey

Not a single person from Friendswood nominated. This is typical of the Daily News of ignoring Friendswood on all of its various "best of" lists. Good luck to all of those who were nominated....they all look like great citizens.

Mark Ciavaglia

What a great group of folks ... each with special gifts and skills that they use to make their respective communities better places to live. Each of you are a blessing and we are blessed to have you in our Galveston County community.

Susan Criss

I know almost all nominees. These are wonderful choices.

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