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How Joe Driscoll’s Winding Path Has Lead Him to Local Politics

Joe Driscoll looks around his practice studio in the Gear Factory. His political aspirations had kept him away for several months. (c) 2017 Chris Lucey

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From G-Major Chords to Common Council

NCC News Reporter Chris Lucey tracks Joe Driscoll's journey from being a musician to becoming a politician.

By Chris Lucey SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – The career path for politicians today often crosses through law school and a high profile, lucrative corporate job before reaching public office. However, Joe Driscoll traded the suit and tie for guitars and loop pedals in his candidacy for Common Council, and it’s provided him a unique advantage.

Driscoll was a professional musician for almost twenty years before announcing his candidacy for the Fifth District Seat of Syracuse Common Council, his childhood home Eastwood, and his work has won him friends and supporters all throughout the city.

“In high school, I could just hop from table to table and talk about music.” “I could go to the goth table and have a genuine conversation about goth music, or go to the Wu-Tang (Clan) table and talk about Wu-Tang.”

Driscoll has given his aluminum guitar “Dusty Valentine” some time off as he works on his political career. (c) 2017 Chris Lucey

Driscoll has since gone from “table-hopping” to campaigning, but the advantage still holds up today. Driscoll’s musical connections throughout the city have helped him build relationships with people and activists throughout Syracuse.

Driscoll was so well connected throughout the city that his colleagues who run the “Trump Tuesday” rallies task him to arrange speakers for the events. Driscoll says  his network of friends and associates from years of playing the Syracuse concert circuit gives him a very diverse and large pool of people to choose from.

Nikki Carroll is the executive director of the Onondaga County Democratic Party, and she says Driscoll’s connections have been an asset since the beginning of his candidacy, to Driscoll and the party.

“Joe has been great about bringing people out of the woodwork,” said Carrol. “Especially the more leftist side that was off put about how the party has been run over the past few years.”