Rick Mystrom

Rick Mystrom
Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska
In office
July 1, 1994  July 1, 2000
Preceded by Tom Fink
Succeeded by George Wuerch
Member of the Anchorage Assembly
In office
Succeeded by Bill Faulkner
Personal details
Born 1943 (age 7273)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary
Children Nick, Richard, Jennifer
Residence Anchorage, Alaska
Profession Business owner

Richard "Rick" Mystrom (born 1943) is an American Republican politician and businessman in Anchorage, Alaska. He was Mayor of Anchorage from 1994 to 2000.


Mystrom was born in Minnesota in 1943 and came to Alaska in 1972. In 1975, he established Mystrom/Beck Advertising. In 1982, he received the Small Business Person of the Year Award from President Ronald Reagan.[1] 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. 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.

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.

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

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 US candidate for these Games (1992 and 1994).


He has two sons, Nick and Richard, and a daughter, Jennifer, with his wife, Mary.


Preceded by
Tom Fink
Mayor of Anchorage
1994 – 2000
Succeeded by
George Wuerch
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