Joe Bisaccia is a teacher at Cooley Middle School in the Higley Unified School District. He is also a published author, volunteer, community activist and former TV news reporter running for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 12. He graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and lives in Gilbert.
Joe started his career as a TV News Reporter in Sioux City, Iowa, where he won the Eric Sevareid Award of Merit for Broadcast Writing in Small Market Television. He became a journalist because he wanted to do his part to expose government corruption. Now, he's running for office because he believes there is a future in Arizona and the United States that is not being realized by our current representatives.
Joe believes the views of constituents are not reflected by our current representatives in the Arizona House. He's running a clean campaign in compliance with the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission, meaning he won't be accepting any dark money from PACs or Super PACs—unlike his Republican opponents, who are bankrolled by people like the Koch Brothers and groups such as Betsy DeVos’ Super PAC.
He is fighting to restore public education funding, pay our teachers a living wage, increase access to quality healthcare for every Arizonan, and to protect your rights to vote and for citizen initiative. He will also fight to restore the rights of Cities and Towns to pass their own laws. They should be able to utilize tax dollars as they see fit, rather than being told by legislators in Phoenix how to run their municipalities.
Joe believes the power in a democracy should lie in the hands of the people and not the well-funded special interests. He also believes that we should legislate with facts and heart, putting reason and the people before big money. He will take these beliefs with him to the State Legislature.