Mayors explain how friends and associates quickly become crucial advisers.

Who really influences a sitting mayor? In municipal politics, longtime friends can have just as much power as an everyday citizen on the street.

Last month, we put this question to Cities readers: What would you ask, if you could ask a mayor anything? Then we gathered a small group of mayors from across the country and around the world for a series of conversations.

The questions we posed to them, based on your suggestions, ranged from how mayors approach their jobs to their biggest frustrations to their wildest hopes for the future. In Episode 4, we find out how city leaders think about their networks and advisers.

Don't miss Episodes One, Two, and Three, and stay tuned for more Ask a Mayor videos in the coming weeks.

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