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Rick Mystrom
32nd Mayor of Anchorage
In office
July 1, 1994 – July 1, 2000
Preceded byTom Fink
Succeeded byGeorge Wuerch
Member of the Anchorage Assembly
from Seat D
In office
Preceded byBill Besser
Succeeded byBill Faulkner
Personal details
Born1943 (age 78–79)
Minnesota, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Residence(s)Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.

Richard Mystrom (born 1943) is an American politician, businessman, and author who served as the 4th mayor of the Municipality of Anchorage from 1994 to 2000. He is a member of the Republican party.

Early life and education

Mystrom was born in Minnesota in 1943 and attended the University of Colorado Boulder. In 1964, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. He moved to Alaska in 1972.[1]


In 1975, Mystrom established Mystrom/Beck Advertising. In 1982, he received the Small Business Person of the Year Award from President Ronald Reagan.[2] In 1990, he sold his advertising business, which was later merged into the Nerland Agency.

Mystrom was elected to the Anchorage Assembly in 1979, serving until 1985.[3] In 1994, he defeated Democrat Mark Begich to succeed Tom Fink as mayor of Anchorage. In 1997, he withstood a challenge from Fink, a fellow Republican. Mystrom was widely considered the more moderate of the two Republican candidates.[citation needed]

In office, Mystrom emphasized crime reduction and championed the "City of Lights" beautification program, encouraging residents and employers to ornament their homes and businesses with decorative lights during Anchorage's dark winter.[citation needed]

In the 2003 election, he challenged incumbent Republican mayor George Wuerch in a three-way race. Begich, who had unsuccessfully faced Wuerch in 2000, was elected.[citation needed]

Mystrom is a longtime advocate of bringing the Winter Olympic Games to Anchorage, and has chaired several committees to that end. Anchorage was twice the U.S. candidate for these Games (1992 and 1994).[4][5]

Personal life

He has two sons, Nick and Richard, and a daughter, Jennifer, with his former wife, Mary.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Viechnicki, Joe (2018-04-11). "Former Anchorage mayor to speak on diabetes at Petersburg health fair". KFSK. Retrieved 2021-03-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Remarks on Presenting the Small Business Person of the Year Award | The American Presidency Project". Retrieved 2021-03-22.
  3. ^[bare URL PDF]
  4. ^ Woodard, Dr Thad (2015-07-03). "Former City Mayor Rick Mystrom & 50 Years of Experience Living With Type 1 Diabetes". Alaska Public Media. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
  5. ^ "The Anchorage Press, in Anchorage Alaska - Anchorage's Most Widely Read Weekly Newspaper". 2006-06-17. Archived from the original on 2006-06-17. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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Preceded by Mayor of Anchorage
1994 – 2000
Succeeded by
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