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Investment Banker Mike Hammer Set to Announce Candidacy for Mayor of New Orleans

Mike Hammer, Managing Partner of Pontchartrain Capital LLC, an investment banking firm in New Orleans, will formally announce his candidacy for mayor at a public event in Lafayette Square, January 25, 2006.

Copies of Mr. Hammer's platform will be available following the 3 p.m. announcement. The public is also invited to meet the candidate at a reception following the event.

Mike Hammer for Mayor Campaign Announcement

Date:  Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Time:  3 p.m. CST
Place:  Lafayette Hotel, across from Lafayette Square
600 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA
(formally Mike's on the Avenue)

For almost two decades, Mike Hammer has participated in the economic development of our region, investing and raising capital for individuals, businesses, and pension funds. Mike has helped finance new business ventures, expansions, mergers, and acquisitions. His work has created employment opportunities, economic growth, and prosperity in the New Orleans area. Mike has become the "go-to-guy" for strategic advisory services in the New Orleans business community. Over the course of his career, Mike has financed technology firms, health care companies, hotels, entertainment theme parks, and real estate developments -- accounting for more than half-a-billion dollars in transactions.

A native of New Orleans who grew up in the neighborhoods surrounding City Park and Bayou St. John, Mike was born in 1965 and is the youngest of seven children. He now lives in the Warehouse District.

Mike has been active in civic, educational, and religious organizations throughout the New Orleans area. Immediately after Hurricane Katrina, he established the New Orleans Police and Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund to assist the nearly 80 percent of police and firefighters who lost everything in the storm.

For more information, contact the Mike Hammer for Mayor Campaign Office at (504) 523-7400.

Distributed by Market Wire

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