She has a background as secretary in the Workers' Youth League and has been political advisor at the Office of the Prime Minister under Thorbjørn Jagland (1996–1997). She was elected as a member of Trondheim city council in 1999, and served four years before becoming mayor.
Ottervik was considered a possible candidate for a cabinet post following the elections of 2005 and 2009, but both times she declined such offers in favor of continuing her job as mayor.
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| Secretary-general of the Workers' Youth League
Anne Kathrine Slungård
| Mayor of Trondheim
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