About Joe

Joe is an experienced public leader and a Democrat, 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.

Legislative Hall
Joe testifying in Legislative Hall

Part of Delaware’s next generation of leaders, Joe is prepared to serve as the State Representative for the 7th District. Over years of involvement, Joe has developed long-standing relationships with Delaware leaders and staff. The value of these relationships will allow Joe to step into this role and begin effectively advocating for the 7th District immediately.

Currently, he serves the community as the Secretary of the Newark Arts Alliance, the Treasurer of Preservation Delaware, and as the President of the Barbara Gittings Delaware Stonewall Democrats. As the past V.P. for Political Action of the Stonewall Democrats, Joe led campaign involvement, candidate endorsements, and advocacy before the Delaware legislature, most notably for marriage equality and the prohibition of discrimination based upon gender identity and expression. Joe also currently serves on the national Victory Fund Campaign Board, and served as the U.S. East Chair of JP Morgan's global pride leadership.

Joe understands finance and the needs of both small and large businesses. A past Bank Officer at JP Morgan / Chase, Joe previously ran his own financial planning practice, and is now the lead Investment Analyst with Mallard Financial Partners, a small business dedicated to empowering Delawareans to plan for their future. Joe has completed a Bachelor of Science 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 earned Series 7 and Series 66 financial licenses in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, and is a Certified Financial Education Instructor.

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

Joe is proud to have deep Delaware roots, with an ancestral lineage including 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 more than 35 years into their careers with Dupont in Glasgow (now Siemens Healthcare). Joe's upbringing has built a sincere appreciation for traditional cornerstones of Delaware's community, from the perspective of the workers that built this State. 

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

A Blue Hen through-and-through, Joe proudly led the Fightin' Blue Hen Marching Band as a Drum Major for three years while attending the University of Delaware, and laid down his own Delaware roots—and history—after graduating. In fact, Joe and his husband, Dan Cole, are 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 and Dan have created a life built in this district, choosing the same community where Dan grew up 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. 

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

Joe follows his family legacy of service. 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 has been a community leader for most of his life. For example, while a high school student, Joe worked closely with his local School Board as an education advocate, and also helped establish parks in Cecil County, Maryland. Today, Joe leads youth leadership seminars across the country through the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy every summer. His husband has contributed to the family legacy of public service as well, serving as an active political and community organizer in Newark, Wilmington, and Philadelphia, and serving today on committees for the United Way of Delaware, the Delaware State Bar Association, and the Delaware Democratic Party.

Joe is also a member of the Arden Club, Friends of the Claymont Library, Claymont Historical Society, Claymont Lions, 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.