Meet Ed

Ed grew up right here in Tucson as the youngest of seven children. He has dedicated his life to his family, serving a key role at his family’s company, Ackerley Advertising, teaching at the University of Arizona and as a passionate Tucsonan serving with countless local nonprofit organizations.

Growing up as the youngest in a big family, Ed knew he had to earn his way through life, which started with his first paper route when he was just 15 years old on the Eastside of Tucson. After Ed graduated from Palo Verde high school he went on to earn 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.

Ed knew that in order to make a difference in his community he had to serve. So Ed is very active in the American Advertising Federation Tucson and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is President of the Rillito Park Foundation, past President of The National Football Foundation and founder of Coaches for Charity and Tucson Business Owners.

Now that Ed and his wife Susan have raised their three sons; Kyle, Kevin and Kasey, he is focusing on making a difference in the city he loves and grew up in, Tucson.

Ed Ackerley Headshot


Public Safety

1,000 Tucson Police Department officers deployed by 2025.


Pave and repair major roads by 2025, arterial and residential in the next decade. Create service teams to respond immediately to citizen concerns (potholes, waterlines, etc.)

Economic Development

Combine all efforts from differing groups to promote Tucson for growth.


Establish homeless transition centers in abandoned buildings for re-entry. Provide quick strike teams to address, relocate and clear homeless camps.

Tucson Curb Appeal

Devote resources to clean medians, thoroughfares, abandoned building/lots. Pick up litter, clear weeds, and clean graffiti from all public property.


Clean and patrol the parks to sustain the bond investment already passed.


Ensure clean and safe drinking water, especially in Ward 5, and sustain for the future.

Marketing Tucson

Update Visit Tucson and fund a robust advertising campaign for visits/moving to Tucson.

University of Arizona

Engage UofA to encourage graduate retention and neighborhood presence. Align University of Arizona with K-12 to encourage spotlight on education.

k – 12 Education

Goal to make 70% of K-12 public school students score at or above grade in reading and math, make students literate in Tucson public schools.

Government Efficiency

Intergovernmental agreements to join parks, police, courts, and other duplicate services.