Mikel Weisser

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Mikel Weisser
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Arizona, District 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSangamon State University (1992)
Master'sUniversity of Illinois at Springfield (1999), Northern Arizona University (2005)
Place of birthBeaumont, TX
Campaign website
Mikel Weisser was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Arizona.[1] Mikel Weisser lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

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


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]


Campaign themes


Weisser's campaign website listed 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."


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


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]



See also: Arizona's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Woods ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 4th District. He ran unopposed in the primary on August 26, 2014. He was defeated by incumbent Paul Gosar (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[6][7]

U.S. House, Arizona District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Gosar Incumbent 70% 122,560
     Democratic Mikel Weisser 25.8% 45,179
     Libertarian Chris Rike 4.2% 7,440
Total Votes 175,179
Source: Arizona Secretary of State


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.[8][9]

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


Weisser was endorsed by the following:[10]

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

Campaign donors


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


Weisser and his wife, Beth, have three children.[16]

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