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When he is not campaigning,
spending time with his wife and
children, or working at his law
firm, Mr. Mintz is a known
leader in local civic organiza-
tions and in Jewish circles
throughout the country.
Among his many organiza-
tions, Mr. Mintz is a national
board member for the Anti-
Defamation League. At home,
he has helped raise funds for
several other Jewish charities,
among them Israel Bonds. Mr.
Mintz also was the co-chair of
President Bill Clinton's Jewish
national fund-raising campaign.
Mr. Mintz is so entrenched in
the Jewish community that it
came as no surprise to other ac-
"I had two
into the race.
One, I am white;
and two, lam
tivists when he turned to friends
to help reach his $1 million cam-
paign goal. From them, he has
received donations from $250 to
the maximum of $5,000.
According to campaign fi-
nance records, several Detroi-
ters have contributed to his race.
They are businessman David
Hermelin, a major fund-raiser
for the United Jewish Appeal
and Israel Bonds; attorney Pe-
ter Alter, a community activist
who met Mr. Mintz 15 years ago
while doing work for the ADL;
investor James Grosfeld and his
wife, Nancy Grosfeld; and busi-
nessman Edward Levy Jr., a
Republican activist and former
president of the American Israel
Public Affairs Committee.
"There are a few occasions in
your life when you are fortunate
to meet someone like Donny
Mintz," Mr. Alter said. `This is
a guy who is going to make a dif-
ference. Not only is he a brilliant
guy, but he really is a visionary,
a healer, a consensus builder."
Other notable contributors
are Lois Lautenberg, wife of
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.;
Steven Gutow, director of the
National Jewish Democratic
Coalition in Washington, D.C.;
former national president for
the National Council of Jewish
Women, Barbara Mandel, of
Shaker Heights, Ohio; Ameri-
can Israel Public Affairs Corn-
mittee President Steven
Grossman; and Florida indus-
trialist Monte Friedkin, active
with NJDC and AIPAC.
In New Orleans, voter regis-
tration is 60 percent black, and
the major religion is Catholic.
The Jewish community num-
bers 12,000. Of those, Mr. Mintz
said, 3,500 are registered to
According to polls, Mr. Mintz
is leading a pack of seven may-
oral wannabes with 22 percent
of the voters favoring him. He
also has outspent his competi-
tion, raising nearly $800,000 —
$300,000 more than the son of
the city's first black mayor, Marc
Morial, who is No. 2 in the polls.
And until primary day on
Feb. 5, Mr. Mintz is running
television and radio spots to get
his message out. The two top
vote-getters in the primary will
move into a run-off election in
"I believe that if I am elected
I will be able to continue to work
to strengthen the fabric of our
country," he said. "We have got
to fix New Orleans. The biggest
challenge anywhere in this
country is running a city.
"As mayor, I can affect lives
more deeply than in any other
political job," he said.
He points to Baltimore and
Cleveland, two metropolitan
cities that have been rebuilt. He
sees hope for Detroit under the
new Dennis Archer adminis-
tration, and he has a vision for
"America is rebuilding its
cities," he said. "That is the
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