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About Ed Harris

Photo of Ed Harris, Councilmember

On April 7, 2014, the San Diego City Council selected Ed Harris as the councilmember for the District Two office to serve the remaining eight months of Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s council term. Mr. Harris serves on four of the City’s seven committees: Environment, Audit, Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations, and Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods.

After serving his country in the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Harris became a City of San Diego lifeguard in 1989, and has protected San Diego’s coastal areas for the past 25 years. He most recently served as lifeguard sergeant supervising the “Rocks” in La Jolla, and was a dive team supervisor answering high profile emergency calls. Mr. Harris played an integral role in creating a partnership between the City of San Diego and Toyota for 34 new lifeguard vehicles which saved the City $1.1 million dollars.

In 1999, the United States Lifesaving Association awarded Mr. Harris its Medal of Valor for a heroic sailboat rescue that took place in stormy seas just west of the Ocean Beach pier.

He is a past spokesperson for the San Diego Lifeguard Association advocating for enhanced public safety and coastal preservation. He has been the lifeguard representative for the Marine Protection Area Committee, and established the annual “Fill the Fin” campaign in 2011 to raise money for swim programs in San Diego’s poorest neighborhoods. Mr. Harris has also been a volunteer soccer coach for the Peninsula YMCA and the Point Loma Soccer Association.

He is a strong advocate for clean water and works to address quality of life issues for the District Two residents. Mr. Harris and his wife Kate reside in Point Loma where their two children attend the neighborhood elementary school. Mr. Harris is an avid fisherman, free-diver and body surfer.