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Doug Coleman
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Arizona House of Representatives District 16
In office
January 7, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Base salary$24,000/year
Per diem$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, Apache Junction City
Bachelor'sArizona State University, 1981
Master'sNorthern Arizona University, 1989
Campaign website
Doug Coleman is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Coleman served on the following committees:

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Vice Chair
Higher Education and Workforce Development


Campaign themes


Coleman's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Economic Development & Jobs
Excerpt: "I feel it is imperative that the state continue to focus on economic development and job creation. I am excited about the opportunities that exist right here in Legislative District 16, including the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and surrounding developments."
  • Local Control
Excerpt: "I am a firm believer in local control of government functions. As a local elected official, I have fought for government functions to be as close to the people as possible. Each level of government has a proper role and function under the U.S. Constitution and the state Constitution."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I have been an educator for over 30 years, with all of those years spent in the classroom with your children, so I bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience to this important issue. I believe that investing in the education of our children is a vital priority in our state."
  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "The State Legislature has a Constitutional responsibility to pass a balanced state budget every year. The people of Arizona should expect their representatives to take this responsibility seriously. Recently, too many budget gimmicks and one-time fixes have been used to balance the state budget, including passing the crisis down to local governments."
  • Conservative Values
Excerpt: "I believe strongly in protecting the U.S. Constitution and the free market system. For over 30 years, I have been teaching free market economics, entrepreneurship, and small business management, as well as the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I will fight for these principles as your State Representative."



See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 26, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Cara Prior is unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbents Doug Coleman and Kelly Townsend will face John Fillmore and Adam Stevens in the Republican primary.[2]


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Coleman won election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 16. He and Kelly Townsend defeated Jeff Davis and Judy Novalsky in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Coleman 35.4% 41,063
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKelly Townsend 35.1% 40,720
     Democratic Matthew Cerra 21.5% 24,942
     Democratic Cara Prior (Write-in) 7.8% 9,094
     Green Party Bill Maher 0.2% 234
Total Votes 116,053
Arizona House of Representatives, District 16 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKelly Townsend 31.5% 9,398
Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Coleman 26.9% 8,021
Jeff Davis 23.7% 7,064
Judy Novalsky 17.9% 5,328
Total Votes 29,811

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Coleman is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Coleman raised a total of $29,479 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[5]

Doug Coleman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 16 Won $29,479
Grand Total Raised $29,479


Coleman won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Coleman raised a total of $29,479.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Doug Coleman's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$27,348
Moody, Burdell$150
Leavitt, Sheleen$150
Ludwig, Howard R$150
Smithson, Clark$150
Total Raised in 2012$29,479
Source:Follow the Money


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Arizona

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In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[6]


In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[6]


Coleman and his wife, Roxanne, have six children.[7]

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