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Adman Ed Ackerley running for Tucson mayor

Ed Ackerley, owner of a local advertising firm, said Friday afternoon that he's running for mayor as an independent.

"As a native Tucsonan involved in the community for decades and with extensive leadership experience, it is time for me to offer this expertise to the city," he said in news release. "Running as an independent, the time is right to bring Tucsonans together to formulate a vision for the future that lives up to the potential of our city that is business friendly and people powered."

Ackerley now co-owns the business founded by his parents, Ackerley Advertising. He has taught marketing and advertising classes at the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University.

He has served as a leader of the American Advertising Federation at the local and national levels. Ackerley holds an Ed.D. and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, and a B.F.A. in Radio & Television from the University of Arizona, his announcement said.

Although Ackerley announced that he "is officially a candidate," the city's online listing of mayoral aspirants did not list his name Friday afternoon.

Already in the race are two Democrats, Councilwoman Regina Romero — who will not seek re-election to her West Side ward seat — and former state legislator Steve Farley — who lost the Democratic gubernatorial primary last year. Developer Randi Dorman has also publicly mulled running, while North Side Councilman Paul Durham has floated his name as a potential candidate as well. A handful of perennial and fringe candidates have also filed to run.

No serious Republicans have stepped forward to run for mayor.

While the Democrats will have to face off in the August primary, candidates not running under a party banner do not have to do so.

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To appear on the general election ballot in November, a non-party candidate (an "independent") will have to obtain nominating signatures from three percent of the total number of registered voters who are not members of a political party qualified in the city (the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian and Green parties). Those figures will be based on the number of registered voters on March 1, 2019, and will be due in May.

Correction: An earlier version of this report included an incorrect date for filing “nomination by other than primary” petitions.


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