Running for local office as an independent

Listen to the audio version of this story above. “I’ve been kind of a political junkie all of my life. I’ve enjoyed national politics and certainly local politics. I’ve been in business for 44 years and I’ve kind of watched the parade go by,” says Ed Ackerley, who ran for mayor in Tucson. “And so…

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African-American presence in Arizona politics

Low population, high unemployment, low median income and a lack of representation in government has left many African-Americans in Arizona out without a voice. “There are a lot of industries and areas that do not have a lot of people that look like us,” said Natalynn Masters, the second African-American to become University of Arizona…

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