His focus, both personally and politically, has been, is, and will be on education and economic issues.
One of his motivations for running for a Congressional seat is to see that the coming reauthorization of the federal No Child Left Behind act is handled properly.
Schapira has been a legislator since 2007, serving two terms in the Arizona House before winning a seat in the Arizona State Senate in 2010. He is also now serving as the
In addition to that, currently he is a member of the Tempe Union High School District Governing Board.
Even before his first election, Schapira was already a public servant, working as a high school teacher.
In addition to his legislative duties over the last few years, he has been a small business owner and an instructor at Arizona State University.
Schapira was born in west Mesa and lives in Tempe with his wife Rosemary and their two daughters.
His campaign website is here.
A few pics from his announcement event Tuesday night -
Schapira greeting some supporters (OK, family :) )
Rosemary Schapira introducing her husband
Schapira and his friend and colleague, Representative Ed Ableser
Schapira talking to Tim Palmer of Tempe
My favorite two pics from the night aren't of the people (though there were many great people there), but it is of the cake from Honeymoon Sweets in Tempe -