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2021 Republican

Al Schmidt

There are 43 different animals on the World Wildlife Fund’s endangered species list. Really, it should be 44, when you count Al Schmidt (Republicanus noncorruptis), who faced death threats as he oversaw the vote count and refused to go the way of his Republican election-­board colleagues in other cities who cried fraud. Unfortunately, no conservation effort can stave off this extinction: Schmidt says he won’t run for reelection in 2023.