Meet Joel O'Dorisio
Joel grew up in Columbus, OH where he benefited from a strong public education. He continued his education at Ohio State University, where he majored in fine arts. Joel currently lives with his wife of 20 years, Mary, and their two children in Bowling Green, OH. As a father, Joel has always stressed the importance of public service and standing up for others. Joel is an educator, entrepreneur, dedicated father, and union organizer.
First as a business owner and now as a BGSU professor, Joel has approached his various careers with passion and professionalism. When he first arrived at BGSU he saw the need for a united voice for educators and in 2010, Joel was instrumental in creating the BGSU chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Since then, he has served on the executive committee and the negotiating team for every employment contract, advocating for higher wages and competitive benefits for the hardworking faculty at BGSU.
Whether it was through his work as a small business owner or through his work with his labor union, Joel has spent his entire life crafting a better future for his community. He believes that the government should advocate for the public good, not corporate special interests. Joel will advocate for investing in public schools to give our children better opportunities than he received growing up in Ohio. He will fight for a vibrant working class and the belief that there is dignity in work.
About Ohio Senate District 2
This district covers many counties in Northwest Ohio, including Erie, Ottawa, Wood, and parts of Fulton and Lucas. The largest industries in this district are manufacturing, educational services, healthcare and social assistance, food service, and retail. We are a working class district, with strong unions and good people.
Over the years, this district has struggled. Our tax dollars are being used to fund charters while our public schools fall apart. The poverty rate in Senate District 2 is higher than the national average, and workers are threatened by corporate cost cutting and active union busting. Ohio has the highest amount of debt per person. Thousands of Ohioans still do not have access to affordable healthcare. If our main industries are manufacturing, education, and healthcare, we have failed to ensure the success of those industries and those workers.