About Joe

Joe is running to secure a bright future for all families in the 7th District and Delaware – a future where all have access to high quality education, economic opportunity, safe neighborhoods, and a healthy environment.

Joe and his family have deep Delaware roots. Joe is proud that his ancestral lineage includes both native Delaware Lenape and some of the first settlers around rural New Castle County and in Wilmington’s Little Italy. A family of blue-collar workers, his great-uncle George was the head of security for H. F. du Pont at Winterthur and his great-uncle Alex was P. S. du Pont’s personal valet. His mother, a graduate of Newark High School, grew up on a tree farm in what is now White Clay Creek State Park. Today, his parents are 35 years into their careers with Dupont in Glasgow (now Siemens Healthcare). Joe and his sister were raised with an appreciation of Delaware’s traditional cornerstones, from the perspective of the workers that built this State. 

Drum Major
Joe leading the University of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band

Joe attended the University of Delaware, led the Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band as a Drum Major for three years, and continues to attend every Blue Hen Football home game. After graduation, Joe laid down his own Delaware roots.

Joe and his husband, Dan Cole, have created a life built in this district, choosing the same community where Dan has been a lifelong resident to raise their future family. Dan attended Claymont Elementary School, daycare in Arden’s Buzzware Center YMCA, summer camp in the Hanby YMCA, and renovated a portion of Brandywine High School to earn his Eagle Scout rank long ago.

Joe and Dan's Wedding
Joe and Dan married on July 1, 2013, with opening remarks delivered by Beau Biden

Dan graduated from the University of Delaware, and has worked for New Castle County since 2011. Dan and Joe are also a part of Delaware history, marrying in an historic ceremony on the 1st day of Marriage Equality, a day of celebration which they shared with the entire community.

Joe understands finance and the needs of small and large businesses. Before joining JP Morgan / Chase, Joe ran his own financial planning practice, helping empower Delawareans and plan for their future. Prior to settling in Dan’s hometown, Joe was the Treasurer for his Representative District Democratic Committee. Joe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Delaware, a course of study in History of Economic Thought from Oxford, and a graduate certificate in Financial Management from Cornell. Joe has obtained Series 7 and Series 66 financial licenses in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

Wedding Portrait
Connie and Terry Daigle on their wedding day, December 16, 1978 in Newark, Delaware

Joe follows the legacy of service of his family. Many generations of the Daigle family have served in the Marine Corps, including both of Joe’s parents. Joe’s Grandmother, Thelma Thompson, left a legacy in Delaware as the first female, first full-time, and first multi-year President of the Delaware State Education Association teachers union. In over 40 years in education, Thelma made Delaware a national leader by creating pioneering special education programs, and by leading the only successful teacher strike in Delaware history.

Teachers' strike
Thelma Thompson leading the successful 1975 statewide teachers’ strike

Following in his Grandmother’s footsteps, Joe worked closely with his School Board during his high school years, while also helping establish parks in Cecil County, Maryland. Every summer, Joe leads youth leadership seminars across the country through the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy. His husband has contributed to the family legacy of public service as well. Dan served as a political and community organizer in Newark and Wilmington, Delaware, leading and working on many successful community advocacy and political campaigns from city council to statewide offices. Today Dan serves on committees for the United Way of Delaware, the Delaware Democratic Party, and as a leader of the Barbara Gittings Delaware Stonewall Democrats.

Legislative Hall
Joe testifying in Legislative Hall

Joe is professional and prepared to serve as State Representative for the 7th District. He is part of Delaware’s next generation of leaders. Joe has been a community leader for most of his life. Most recently, Joe has served as the Secretary of the Newark Arts Alliance, and as the President of the Barbara Gittings Delaware Stonewall Democrats. Previously for the Stonewall Democrats, he served as the V.P. for Political Action where he led campaign involvement, candidate endorsements, and lobbying and advocating before the Delaware legislature, most notably for marriage equality and non-discrimination on gender identity and discrimination. Joe is also the US East Chair for JP Morgan’s global pride affinity leadership team.

Over years of advocacy, Joe and Dan have developed long-standing relationships with Delaware leaders and staff. The value of these relationships will allow Joe to step into his role and begin effectively advocating for the 7th District immediately.

In addition, Joe and Dan are members of the Arden Club, Friends of the Claymont Library, Claymont Historical Society, Delaware Nature Society, Delaware Greenways, and WHYY. When he is not volunteering, Joe likes to read, cook from scratch, work outside, and connect with neighbors, family, and friends.