Jack Coleman, Retired Navy Chief, Announces Candidacy for District 59 State Representative
(PARK Township, MI) –Republican Conservative Jack Coleman, Retired Navy Veteran and Park Township Planning Commissioner, announced today that he is a candidate for State Representative District #59 in the upcoming August 4th, 2020 primary. District #59 covers St. Joseph and most of Cass County.
Having served more than 20 years in the Navy from April 1996 – November 2016, Coleman believes the opportunity of serving in the legislature will allow him to have the greatest impact on the district and on the state of Michigan.
Coleman said his primary focus is on fiscal responsibility including road and infrastructure funding, taxes, and the state economy, but added that there are many issues in need of attention.
“I am running for Representative because I have a unique blend of public and private sector experience resulting in a common sense approach to difficult financial decisions. This campaign isn’t about or for me, it is for all of us in District 59. I will represent with honor the resident’s views of St. Joseph and eastern Cass County well in Lansing,” Coleman said. “As a previous business owner and with my Naval Service, I have experience in operating budgets, coordinating with various government agencies and am extremely aware of the government influence on businesses and individual finances.”
“I have found that the amazing people across our district have similar goals for their families — to be healthy and safe and hold the state to fiscal responsibility,” Coleman said. Coleman is not accepting any money from PACS. “When you accept money from special interest groups it can become a distraction and influence elected officials in a way not consistent to the voters. ”
“If elected, I would work on these issues and on others in dire need of reform and attention. The mental health system needs improvement. The lack of mental health care in our district and state has caused an unnecessary burden on our citizens and law enforcement. We also need to address state unfunded mandates that are placing a financial burden on our local communities and Townships.
“Although I have significant experience in the Navy, as a member of the Planning Commission and Board of Review, I am well aware of the increasing tax burdens faced by the residents in our District. Our district is unique compared to most other districts in our state. Higher taxes affect our district, which borders Indiana, much more harshly. High taxes cause an economic vacuum in our district where it is not experienced in most other areas of our state.” Coleman said. “Because I am involved in our community; I understand the uniqueness of our district compared to the rest of the state.”
Jack Coleman’s military career included three combat deployments to the Persian Gulf. Coleman earned many medals and awards including the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal. During his career while stationed at Master Jet Base, Naval Air Station Oceana, Coleman was ranked the highest performing sailor at the command which led to his selection as 2010 Sailor of the Year. Colemans’ years of volunteer commitments in the communities earned him the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and contributed to his election to President of the First-Class Petty Officers Association.
Jack has been active in the American Legion serving as the 2nd vice commander and as a member of the 40/8. The 40/8 is an organization branched off the American Legion which raises money awarded in scholarships for nursing students. Jack also currently serves as a member of the Park Township Planning Commission and Board of Review.
Jack is married to Jennifer Coleman. They reside in Park Township and are the proud parents of their daughter Tricia. The family attends Howardsville Gospel Church and their daughter attends school at Howardsville Christian School in Marcellus.