Mikel Weisser

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Mikel Weisser
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Arizona, District 4
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSangamon State University (1992)
Master'sUniversity of Illinois at Springfield (1999), Northern Arizona University (2005)
Personal
Place of birthBeaumont, TX
ProfessionWriter/teacher
ReligionPantheist
Websites
Campaign website
Mikel Weisser is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Arizona.[1]

Weisser unsuccessfully ran for election to the same seat in 2012.

Biography

Weisser worked as a plumber and homeless shelter manager prior to returning to college to earn his M.A. from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He also received his M.Ed. from Northern Arizona University. Weisser is currently a middle school social studies and language arts teacher. He has been a political activist with Occupy Kingman (Occupy Together), Heartland Peace Center (Springfield, IL), Move On.Org, A.N.S.W.E.R., Amnesty International, Code Pink and Phoenix's End the War Coalition.[2]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Weisser's campaign website lists the following issues:[3]

  • "Reshape Immigration Policies to a) provide safe, controlled ports of entry for undocumented immigrants; b) coordinate the identification and registration of foreign nationals already in the country so they may be documented and taxed; & c) strengthen existing rules regarding the exploitation of undocumented workers, both immigrant and national."
  • "Investigate Wall Street fraud and bank/mortgage fraud which created so much misery in our country, along with the regulators who were supposed to protect us from those folks. Any houses not currently occupied should be returned to their rightful owners. Call for reinstatement of Glass-Steagall, tighter regulation of the derivatives market and greater executive accountability for corporate abuses."
  • "End cannabis prohibition establish a taxation system for its production and sale, Pardon and rehabilitate non-violent prisoners in jail for possession. Promote medical research."
  • "Vastly Increase Education Spending for smaller class sizes, improved school infrastructure, increased arts ed and special services."
  • "Create TVA-style Solar and Wind Power generating networks to reduce dependence on petroleum/gas/coal-based technologies."

[4]

—Mikel Weisser's campaign website, http://www.mikelweisser.org/platform

2012

In information submitted to Ballotpedia, Weisser stated:

"I will work for the standard assortment of left side issues: overturn Citizens United, move to amend away corporate personhood; refunding schools and eliminating NCLB, full citizenship rights for LGBT citizens, affordable immigration policies and citizenship drives for immigrants, end marijuana prohibition, restore funding for arts programs, universal health care, universal education to qualified students, progressive taxing, criminal liablities for mortgage abuses or financial sector fraud, end no-bid contracts, protect reproductive rights, reduce government waste & defense contractor spending."[5]

Elections

2014

Woods is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 4th District. He is running unopposed in the primary on August 26, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Arizona's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

Weisser ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 4th District. He was defeated by Johnnie Robinson in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012, after the race went to a recount.[6][7]

U.S. House, Arizona District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohnnie Robinson 50% 10,185
Mikel Weisser 50% 10,166
Total Votes 20,351

Endorsements

Weisser was endorsed by the following:[8]

  • Building Trades
  • Sierra Club
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Postal Carriers

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Weisser's reports.

Mikel Weisser (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[9]February 1, 2014$204$14,548$(15,126)$-372
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2014$-372$6,935$(5,868)$694
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2014$694$6,804$(4,497)$3,000
Running totals
$28,287$(25,491)

**As of the 2014 July Quarterly Report, Weisser's committee owed $10,727 in outstanding loans to Mikel Weisser.

Personal

Weisser and his wife, Beth, have three children.[12]

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