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Co-leader of the Committee to Restore Dealer Rights and vice president of Darcars Automotive Group in Silver Spring, Md.

She had not yet begun to fight: After getting her franchise termination letters, Darvish, 46, gave rejected General Motors and Chrysler dealers a face, a voice and a fighting presence on Capitol Hill. Along with committee co-leaders Jack Fitzgerald and Alan Spitzer, she lobbied for a law mandating arbitration for terminated dealers. She spent $100,000 of her own money on the rejected-dealer cause. She worked the phones 24/7 to funnel information and support to hundreds of dealers struggling for their livelihoods. And she won. Never has a female dealer exercised such influence.

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