Kevin Johnson of Sacramento – Growing up, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said he wanted to be a professional baseball player, especially for the Oakland A's. "And if that didn't work out so well then I wanted to be a teacher because teachers had such an impact on me, like my third-grade teacher. Teaching is one of the most noble professions in the world." He ended up playing professional basketball with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns.
Julian Castro of San Antonio – San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, right in both photos, is pictured here with his twin brother, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. In high school, Julian Castro thought he might go into TV journalism, marketing or advertising. At Stanford University, he "ended up double-majoring in political science and communications and I chose to go to law school instead."
Michael Hancock of Denver – At one point, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said, he wanted to be a cop. Then, a football player. But politics was always there. "I was in student government from sixth through 12th grade," he said. "I grew up in a family of 10 and you must learn how to be a mayor or a governor in that family of 10. You learn very early on to be a politician in a big family like mine."
Angel Taveras of Providence, Rhode Island – Providence, Rhode Island, Mayor Angel Taveras wanted to be a lawyer. "Around the fourth or fifth grade, I saw my sister Dinora go on to college. She was the first in my family to go to college. She was seven years older and I started to see the possibilities that existed and I knew that if she did it, then I could do it, too."