Married to the Mayor

Being City Hall’s Plus One Has Never Been So Complicated 

Next City, Aug. 25, 2014

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No one can really say what the job of a mayoral first lady (or gentleman) is, and that includes the people who’ve held it. What are you supposed to do when you’re married to the leader of an American city? “That was the big question I had,” says Megan O’Hara, the wife of R.T. Rybak, who was mayor of Minneapolis from 2002 until earlier this year. “No one could answer it.”

And who exactly are you supposed to be? That became an urgent question this spring, when Bill de Blasio won the mayoral election in New York City.

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