Joe Bennett

Joe Bennett

Onondaga County Legislator, District 15, NY

Joe is a public school teacher, union representative, and community advocate running for Onondaga County Legislator in District 15 to build a government that works for all people. Joe grew up in poverty facing the struggles of everyday working people. As a first-generation college graduate, he realized how the support of a community could give people a chance to get an education and find their passion. Joe wanted to give back by encouraging students to overcome adversity and follow their dreams, so he pursued a Master's degree in science education.

For the past six years, Joe has been teaching in the Syracuse City School District, leading clubs for students, and advocating for employees in the teachers’ union. Outside of school, Joe has worked on campaigns to remove lead from housing, support police reform, and make the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. Through all of these experiences, Joe understands the challenges that working families face in Onondaga County. Once elected to the Legislature, Joe will fight for budget fairness, economic opportunity, and transparency.