Mayoral Candidates

Brief profiles of the 2003 mayoral candidates

photo by John Anderson

Will Wynn

Occupation: Developer, city council member

Web site:

Notable quote: "In less than three years in office, I've served with two very different mayors, two very different city managers, and two very different economies. I'm hoping that will serve me well. ... The next mayor will be the dog who caught the car. ... Twenty years from now I want our community to look back and say we made the right decisions and preserved what was best about Austin."

photo by John Anderson

Marc Katz

Occupation: Owner, Katz's Deli

Web site:

Notable quote: "You can't just want to sit on the dais to satisfy your ego. It takes a lot of strength, and it will take a lot out of you. You need to mean business. But now is the perfect time for me to do this and be of service, as a leader, to the city I love. My methodology, my way of doing business, is exactly what Austin needs right now."

photo by John Anderson

Max Nofziger

Occupation: Political consultant

Web site:

Notable quote: "I have more experience than the rest of the candidates combined, and if that's an important criterion, I win the election. ... I hope that in Austin experience is still a more important factor than money. ... No politician wants to raise taxes, but sometimes it has to be done. ... Certainly the first thing to look at is making the cuts. But you have to entertain the possibility."

Leslie Cochran

Occupation: Being Leslie Cochran

Notable quote: "The biggest advantage I have is that I don't have property interests or a law firm that would benefit from my being elected. I want to see Austin prosper, but I want to invite every kind of industry and individual that we can, and build a diverse city."

photo by John Anderson

Brad Meltzer

Occupation: Owner of Benihana Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar; apartment owner

Web site:

Notable quote: "I can see why Austin is in the shape it's in -- because of the misdirection of city government. ... I've owned and operated several successful businesses during my lengthy career. I want to run Austin like a successful business."

Christopher Keating

Occupation: Owns a demolition company

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Jennifer Gale

Occupation: Perennial candidate

Herman Luckett Jr.

Occupation: "Revolutionary"

Joaquin "Jack" Fox

Write-in candidate


At press time, Wynn had won endorsements from virtually all political or activist organizations, with the exception of Independent Texans, which has endorsed Nofziger.

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