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Style Weekly releases sixth annual Power List

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It is one of their most popular issues of the year, Style Weekly's Power List for 2009 is out and tonight some of the biggest heavy hitters will gather to talk about the area's future.

Jason Roop, the newspaper's editor in chief joined NBC12 in studio to talk about this year's list.

Our questions:

1) Tops on the list this year is Virgil Hazlett the county manager in Henrico. Obviously Henrico is an influential part of the region, but how is it that an government official -- who is not even elected -- rises to the top of the list?

2) Perhaps the other big part of this issue is who fell from power. VCU's former president Eugene Trani and Richmond's former Mayor Doug Wilder, don't wield the same kind of influence they normally do. Yet they still make this list -- does their shadow still loom large?

3) Governor Tim Kaine comes in at No. 5 Bob McDonnell the highest ranking Republican elected official on this list. How important is the office of governor to the Richmond region?

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