Kevin Acklin

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Kevin Acklin
Pittsburgh Mayoral Chief of Staff
Assumed office
January 6, 2014
Preceded by Yarone Zober
Personal details
Born (1976-05-22) May 22, 1976 (age 38)
South Oakland, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Residence Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Harvard University (B.S.)
Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.)

Kevin Acklin (born May 22, 1976), an American lawyer, community activist, was the Independent candidate for Mayor the City of Pittsburgh in 2009. He is currently Chief of Staff to Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto. He was born in South Oakland, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

On March 10, 2009, Acklin announced that he had changed his political registration to Independent and had begun a two-month exploratory process to consider running for Mayor of Pittsburgh in the city's general election.[1]

On May 17, 2009, Acklin officially filed as an Independent candidate for mayor.[2] On June 3, 2009, Acklin kicked-off his campaign with a rally at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, declaring himself a "Pittsburgher first" who would unite "that silent majority that wants to see better leadership in the mayor's office."[3]

Acklin founded and serves as Executive Director of RenewPittsburgh, an all-volunteer organization that works with community leaders and residents to promote the revitalization of his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[4] He holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard University and a J.D. from Georgetown University.

After working for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge and practicing law in Boston, Acklin returned home to Pittsburgh to live and to raise his family.[5] He works as a Business and Finance attorney with the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.[6] Acklin is active in Pittsburgh's non-profit community, and he also organizes pro bono volunteer legal services for victims of domestic violence, green technology companies, and community groups.[7]

The incumbent Mayor of Pittsburgh, Luke Ravenstahl defeated Mr. Acklin and the son of former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris, Franco "Dok" Harris, by a wide margin in the general election on November 3'rd, 2009. In the final tally, Kevin placed third in the field of candidates with 19% of the final vote.[8] In his concession remarks that night, Kevin told his supporters that "This campaign was about you -- all of you -- whether or not you voted for me or even supported me, because this was never about politics. It was always about Pittsburgh." [9]

General election results, 2009[edit]

2009 Pittsburgh general mayoral election[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic/Republican Luke Ravenstahl 28,528 55.22%
Franco Dok Harris Franco Dok Harris 13,060 25.28%
Independent Kevin Acklin 9,903 19.17%
Write-in candidates 168 0.33%
Totals 51,659 100%


  1. ^ "Squirrel Hill community activist may run for mayor", Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 11, 2009
  2. ^ "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette", May 19, 2007
  3. ^ "Independent Running for Pittsburgh Mayor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 4, 2009"
  4. ^ "Grassroots renewal initiative attains political goal", Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 3, 2008
  5. ^ "Acklin at Large, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 27, 2007"
  6. ^ Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Bio Page
  7. ^ Pittsburgh Magazine, "40 Under 40"
  8. ^ a b SUMMARY REPORT - Allegheny County - 2009 General Election, Allegheny County Board of Elections, 2009-11-03, retrieved 2009-11-04 
  9. ^ "Pittsburgh Elects Luke Ravenstahl As Mayor Again, WTAE-TV, November 4, 2009"