Clarence "Ray" Nagin

AGE-BIRTH DATE — 49; Born in New Orleans June 11, 1956.

EXPERIENCE — Elected mayor in 2002; executive for Cox Communications.

EDUCATION — Bachelor's degree in accounting from Tuskegee University; MBA from Tulane University.

FAMILY — Wife, Seletha; three children; one grandson.

QUOTE — "We need to continue to move forward. I don't have to go through a learning curve. I know this city intimately."

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Mitchell Landrieu

AGE-BIRTH DATE — 45; Born in New Orleans Aug. 16, 1960.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE — Elected lieutenant governor in 2003; state representative, 1987 to 2003.

EDUCATION — Bachelor's degree in theater and political science from Catholic University; law degree from Loyola University.

FAMILY — Wife, Cheryl; five children. Son of former Mayor Moon Landrieu, younger brother of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.

QUOTE — "Katrina forced us to look at ourselves in a way that we maybe didn't want to before or that we ignored, and I think that people believe we have a chance here to actually do it right this time — to take the best of what New Orleans had, to leave the worst."