Former Anchorage mayor runs for old office again

Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Former Anchorage Mayor Rick Mystrom is trying to win his old job back.

Mystrom turned in his paperwork Friday at the city clerk's office to run in the April 1 election. He is running against current Mayor George Wuerch, who plans to run for a second term.

Mystrom left the mayor's office in June 2000 after six years in office, then supported Wuerch's mayoral campaign.

On Friday, Mystrom said Wuerch has made Anchorage a less attractive city. Specifically, Mystrom pointed to Wuerch's bid to cut the flower budget in 2000. Mystrom also said crime is up and property taxes and city spending are on the rise.

Wuerch said the city has more flowers now than when Mystrom was mayor. He said the present administration has developed a better snow removal program and an improved municipal credit rating.

Wuerch said he has raised more than $250,000 for his campaign.

Mystrom said he's raised more than $100,000 and predicts an expensive race among the top candidates.

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