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Birthdate: Feb. 7, 1959
Birth Place: Beaumont, TX, United States
Residence: Golden Valley, AZ
Mikel Weisser is a Texas native who has lived in western Arizona since 2001. He earned a bachelor's degree from Sangamon State University and master's degrees from the University of Illinois-Springfield and Northern Arizona University.
He worked plumbing and construction jobs, and served as an administrator at a homeless shelter before becoming a teacher.
Weisser recites original poetry in competitions and is a medical marijuana cardholder for chronic pain.
He is making his first run for elected office in 2012, making a bid for Arizona's 4th Congressional District seat.
Weisser was married for 25 years before his wife died in December 2005. He married his second wife, Beth, in February 2007.
Mikel Weisser is making his first run for elected office. He is vying for Arizona's 4th Congressional District seat, facing off in the Democratic primary against Johnnie Robinson. The two were separated by less than one-tenth of a percentage point following the August 2012 primary election, and officials are conducting a recount that is due to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office by Sept. 17, 2012.
Weisser's priorities include looking into mortgage fraud and the taxpayer-funded Wall Street bailout, and securing rights for gays and medical marijuana patients.
He also wants to find a way to allow illegal immigrants to work in the U.S. legally and provide economic refugees a path to citizenship.
On education, the junior high school social studies teacher is an advocate for smaller classrooms and a focus on art, in-depth science experiments and other tools that enhance critical thinking.
Weisser also supports universal health care and said he would work to protect women's reproductive rights and equal pay.
Weisser has raised no money in his campaign.
Source: Associated Press
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