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   |Status = Incumbent
 
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   |Tenure = 1998 - Present
 
   |Tenure = 1998 - Present
   |Term ends = January 2012
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   |Term ends = January 12, 2016
 
   |Assumed office = 1998
 
   |Assumed office = 1998
   |Political party = Democratic
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   |Last election = November 3, 2009
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   |Last election = [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013|November 5, 2013]]
 
   |Appointed =  
 
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   |First elected = 1997
 
   |First elected = 1997
 
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   |Next election = November 8, 2011
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   |Next election = November 3, 2015
 
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   |Office website = http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=180
 
   |Office website = http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=180
   |Campaign website = http://www.bonniewatsoncoleman.net/
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{{TOCnestright}}'''Bonnie Watson Coleman''' is the [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] Majority Leader of the [[New Jersey General Assembly]], representing the 15th District since 1998.  She was Majority Leader from 2006-2009.
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{{TOCnestright}}'''Bonnie Watson Coleman''' is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[New Jersey General Assembly]], representing District 15.  She was first elected to the chamber in 1997.  She served as Majority Leader from 2006-2009.
  
Prior to her election to the Assembly, she served as assistant commissioner on the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in 1992 and bureau chief in 1980.  From 1974-1980 she was the director of the New Jersey Department of Transportation. <ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=24799 Project Vote Smart - Assemblywoman Coleman]</ref>
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==Biography==
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Coleman earned her B.A. from Thomas Edison State College in 1985.  Her professional experience includes working as assistant commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in 1992, as bureau chief for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in 1980 and as director of the New Jersey Department of Transportation from 1974 to 1980. <ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=24799 Project Vote Smart - Assemblywoman Coleman]</ref>
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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* [[Commerce and Economic Development Committee, New Jersey General Assembly|Commerce and Economic Development]]
 
* [[Commerce and Economic Development Committee, New Jersey General Assembly|Commerce and Economic Development]]
 
* [[Education Committee, New Jersey General Assembly|Education]]
 
* [[Education Committee, New Jersey General Assembly|Education]]
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==Issues==
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===Sponsored legislation===                         
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*A375 Raises age requirement of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18 years old.
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*A1558 Requires developers to offer solar energy systems in certain new home construction.
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*A1741 Provides for receipt for voter at primary or general election; allows receipt to be proof of eligibility to vote in subsequent election; provides State reimbursement.
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*A1774 Raises minimum wage to $8.25, then makes annual adjustments based on CPI increases.<ref>[http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillsBySponsor.asp New Jersey Legislature - Bills by Sponsor]</ref>
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===National Political Awareness Test===
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Coleman's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2005 National Political Awareness Test are available.  When asked her top priorities, she stated,
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<blockquote>
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I will continue to advance legislation which promotes the construction of affordable housing, so that we can make New Jersey and affordable place for all income levels.
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Also, I plan to establish a Task Force on Education Reform for the purpose of looking at the best delivery systems for public education with an objective of finding ways to make it more efficient and cost effective to taxpayers, and consequently, lower property taxes.<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=24799 Project Vote Smart - Assemblywoman Coleman ''Issue Positions'']</ref></blockquote>
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===Pensions===
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{{NJ DD writeup}}<br>
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{{pension dipping|name=Coleman|pension=$44,724|employer=Community Affairs}}
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2013===
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:: ''See also: [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013]]''
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Coleman won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2013|2013 election]] for [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013|New Jersey General Assembly]] District 15. Coleman was bracketed with [[Reed Gusciora]]. She was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. She and incumbent [[Reed Gusciora]] (D) defeated [[Kim Taylor]] (R) and [[Anthony Giordano]] (R) in the general election which took place on November 5, 2013.<ref>[http://nj.gov/state/elections/2013-results/2013-official-primary-results-general-assembly.pdf ''New Jersey Department of Elections'', "Official Primary Election Results," Accessed July 26, 2013]</ref> <ref name=gencand>[http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/2013-results/2013-official-general-candidates-general-assembly-0828.pdf ''New Jersey Department of State'', "Official general election candidates," August 28, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2013/by_state/NJ_Page_1105.html?SITE=AP&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press,'' "New Jersey - Summary Vote Results," November 6, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://nj.gov/state/elections/2013-results/2013-official-general-election-results-general-assembly.pdf ''New Jersey Department of State,'' "2013 Official General Election results," accessed December 9, 2013]</ref>
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{{Election box 2013
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|Chamber= New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 General Election
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|party1= Democratic
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|party2= Democratic
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|party3= Republican
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|party4= Republican
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|party5=
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|party6=
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|winner1=Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|winner2= Reed Gusciora
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|Inc1=Y
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|Inc2=Y
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|votes1 = 29109
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|votes2 = 28848
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|candidate3 = Anthony Giordano
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|candidate4= Kim Taylor
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|candidate5=
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|candidate6=
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|votes3=17429
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|votes4=17310
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|votes5=
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|votes6=
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}}
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===2011===
 
===2011===
:: ''See also: [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011]]'' {{NJ voter guide box}}
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:: ''See also: [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011]]''
Coleman is running for re-election in 2011. Coleman and incumbent [[Reed Gusciora]] ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7.  [[Peter Yull]] and [[Kathy Kilcommons]] ran unopposed in the Republican primary.<ref>[http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/election-results/official-2011-primary-candidates-gen-assembly-050411.pdf ''New Jersey Department of State,'' 2011 Official General Assembly Primary Candidate List]</ref>
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Coleman won re-election in 2011. Coleman and incumbent [[Reed Gusciora]] ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7.  They then defeated [[Peter Yull]] and [[Kathy Kilcommons]] in the November 8 general election.<ref>[http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/election-results/official-2011-primary-candidates-gen-assembly-050411.pdf ''New Jersey Department of State,'' 2011 Official General Assembly Primary Candidate List]</ref>
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{{Election box 2011
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|Chamber= New Jersey General Assembly District 15 General Election
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|party1= Democratic
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|party2= Democratic
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|party3= Republican
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|party4= Republican
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|winner1 = Reed Gusciora
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|winner2 = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|candidate3 = Peter Yull
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|candidate4 = Kathy Kilcommons
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|Inc1 = Y
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|Inc2 = Y
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|votes1 = 20350
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|votes2 = 20505
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|votes3 = 10817
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|votes4 = 10914
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}}
  
 
===2009===
 
===2009===
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:: ''See also: [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009]]''
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Coleman successfully won re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election.  Bracketed with [[Reed Gusciora]], they defeated [[Republican]] challengers [[Kim Taylor]] and [[Werner Graf]], as well as [[Libertarian]] challengers [[Daryl Mikell Brooks]] and [[Charles Green]].<ref>[http://elections.nj.com/dynamic/files/elections/2009/by_state/NJ_State_Assembly_1103.html?SITE=NJNEWELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Star Ledger'' 2009 Election Results, November 4, 2009]</ref><ref>[http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/2009results/09general/official-gen-elect-gen-assembly-tallies-120109.pdf Official New Jersey Assembly General Election Results]</ref>
 
Coleman successfully won re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election.  Bracketed with [[Reed Gusciora]], they defeated [[Republican]] challengers [[Kim Taylor]] and [[Werner Graf]], as well as [[Libertarian]] challengers [[Daryl Mikell Brooks]] and [[Charles Green]].<ref>[http://elections.nj.com/dynamic/files/elections/2009/by_state/NJ_State_Assembly_1103.html?SITE=NJNEWELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Star Ledger'' 2009 Election Results, November 4, 2009]</ref><ref>[http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/2009results/09general/official-gen-elect-gen-assembly-tallies-120109.pdf Official New Jersey Assembly General Election Results]</ref>
  
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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|Name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|Full name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|year = 1997
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|Editdate = August 16, 2013
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|link = <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=12799 ''followthemoney.org,'' "Coleman, Bonnie Watson" Accessed August 16, 2013]</ref>
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|party = Democratic
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|totalraised2011 = 500706
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|result2011 = Won
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|office2011 = [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011|New Jersey General Assembly, District 15]]
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|totalraised2009 = 802529
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|result2009 = Won
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|office2009 = [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009|New Jersey General Assembly, District 15]]
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|totalraised2007 = 468827
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|result2007 = Won
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|office2007 = [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2007|New Jersey General Assembly, District 15]]
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|totalraised2005 = 344311
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|result2005 = Won
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|office2005 = [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2005|New Jersey General Assembly, District 15]]
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|totalraised2003 = 192697
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|result2003 = Won
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|office2003 = [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2003|New Jersey General Assembly, District 15]]
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|totalraised2001 = 139743
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|result2001 = Won
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|office2001 = [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2001|New Jersey General Assembly, District 15]]
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|totalraised1999 = 64458
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|result1999 = Won
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|office1999 = [[New Jersey General Assembly|New Jersey General Assembly, District 15]]
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|totalraised1997 = 108154
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|result1997 = Won
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|office1997 = [[New Jersey General Assembly|New Jersey General Assembly, District 15]]
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}}
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===2011===
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{{SLP donor box 2011
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|name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|full Name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=133754
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|office= New Jersey General Assembly
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|new = no
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 500706
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|org1 = Afscme
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|org2 = New Jersey Education Association
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|org3 = New Jersey State Laborers
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|org4 = 1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East
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|org5 = Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 9
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|orgamount1 = 15,700
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|orgamount2 = 13,200
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|orgamount3 = 8,200
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|orgamount4 = 8,200
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|orgamount5 = 7,000
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|}}
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===2009===
 
===2009===
Below are Coleman's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113352 Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign contributions]</ref>
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{{SLP donor box 2009
{| class="wikitable"
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|name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
|-
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|full Name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
! valign="bottom" style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Contributor
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113352
! valign="bottom" style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | 2009 total
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|office= New Jersey General Assembly
|-
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|new = no
|Add Funds Transferred From Prior Campaign
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|party = Democratic
|$268,020
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|total raised = 802529
|-
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|org1 = New Jersey Association of Realtors
|New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters
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|org2 = New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters
|$16,400
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|org3 = New Jersey Education Association
|-
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|org4 = New Jersey Business & Industry Association
|New Jersey Association Of Realtors
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|org5 = New Jersey Builders Association
|$16,400
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|orgamount1 = 16,400
|-
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|orgamount2 = 16,400
|New Jersey Education Association
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|orgamount3 = 14,200
|$14,200
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|orgamount4 = 10,700
|-
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|orgamount5 = 9,000
|New Jersey Business & Industry Association
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|}}
|$10,700
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|-
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|}
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==Issues==
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===2007===
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{{SLP donor box 2007
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|name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|full Name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=95706
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|office= New Jersey General Assembly
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|new = no
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 468827
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|org1 = New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters
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|org2 = New Jersey Association of Realtors
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|org3 = New Jersey Business & Industry Association
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|org4 = Naiop New Jersey Chapter
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|org5 = New Jersey Apartment Association
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|orgamount1 = 16,400
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|orgamount2 = 14,200
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|orgamount3 = 13,400
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|orgamount4 = 12,000
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|orgamount5 = 11,200
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|}}
  
===Sponsored legislation===                        
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===2005===
*A375 Raises age requirement of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18 years old.
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{{SLP donor box 2005
*A1558 Requires developers to offer solar energy systems in certain new home construction.
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|name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
*A1741 Provides for receipt for voter at primary or general election; allows receipt to be proof of eligibility to vote in subsequent election; provides State reimbursement.
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|full Name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
*A1774 Raises minimum wage to $8.25, then makes annual adjustments based on CPI increases.<ref>[http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillsBySponsor.asp New Jersey Legislature - Bills by Sponsor]</ref>
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=77522
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|office= New Jersey General Assembly
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|new = no
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 344311
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|org1 = New Jersey State Laborers
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|org2 = International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
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|org3 = New Jersey Association of Realtors
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|org4 = New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters
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|org5 = Ironworkers Local 68
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|orgamount1 = 16,400
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|orgamount2 = 10,000
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|orgamount3 = 7,750
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|orgamount4 = 7,200
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|orgamount5 = 6,750
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|}}
  
===National Political Awareness Test===
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===2003===
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{{SLP donor box 2003
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|name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|full Name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=7897
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|office= New Jersey General Assembly
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|new = no
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 192697
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|org1 = International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
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|org2 = Election Fund of Reed Gusciora
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|org3 = Community Corrections Corp
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|org4 = Center for Health Affairs
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|org5 = Peterson, Rocky L
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|orgamount1 = 19,400
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|orgamount2 = 4,193
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|orgamount3 = 3,000
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|orgamount4 = 3,000
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|orgamount5 = 2,700
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|}}
  
Coleman's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2005 National Political Awareness Test are available.  When asked her top priorities, she stated,  
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===2001===
<blockquote>
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{{SLP donor box 2001
I will continue to advance legislation which promotes the construction of affordable housing, so that we can make New Jersey and affordable place for all income levels.
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|name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|full Name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=7781
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|office= New Jersey General Assembly
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|new = no
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 139743
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|org1 = New Jersey Democratic Party
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|org2 = First Jersey Cmte
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|org3 = Democratic National Cmte
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|org4 = New Jersey State Carpenters
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|org5 = New Jersey Education Association
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|orgamount1 = 46,000
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|orgamount2 = 7,200
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|orgamount3 = 4,593
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|orgamount4 = 4,100
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|orgamount5 = 3,600
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|}}
  
Also, I plan to establish a Task Force on Education Reform for the purpose of looking at the best delivery systems for public education with an objective of finding ways to make it more efficient and cost effective to taxpayers, and consequently, lower property taxes.<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=24799 Project Vote Smart - Assemblywoman Coleman ''Issue Positions'']</ref></blockquote>
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===1999===
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{{SLP donor box 1999
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|name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|full Name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=43248
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|office= New Jersey General Assembly
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|new = no
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 64458
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|org1 = Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte
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|org2 = Electrical Workers Local 269
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|org3 = New Jersey Education Association
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|org4 = New Jersey State Carpenters Local 31
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|org5 = New Jersey Association of Realtors
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|orgamount1 = 10,600
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|orgamount2 = 6,900
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|orgamount3 = 4,250
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|orgamount4 = 2,500
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|orgamount5 = 2,500
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|}}
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===1997===
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{{SLP donor box 1997
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|name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|full Name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=59931
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|office= New Jersey General Assembly
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|new = yes
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 108154
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|org1 = New Jersey State Democratic Party
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|org2 = Doria Democratic Leadership Fund
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|org3 = Election Fund of Bob Smith
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|org4 = New Jersey Education Association
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|org5 = Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte
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|orgamount1 = 35,392
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|orgamount2 = 11,250
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|orgamount3 = 5,000
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|orgamount4 = 3,000
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|orgamount5 = 2,500
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|}}
  
 
==Endorsements==
 
==Endorsements==
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===2013===
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In 2013, Coleman’s endorsements included the following: <ref>[http://www.politickernj.com/66374/afl-cio-endorses-candidates-elections ''PolitickerNJ.com'', "AFL-CIO endorses candidates for elections", Accessed September 4, 2013]</ref>
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<ref>[http://ppactionnj.org/planned-parenthood-action-fund-of-new-jersey-announces-endorsements-in-state-elections/ ''Planned Parenthood NJ'' "Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey Announces Endorsements in State Elections," accessed September 5, 2013]</ref>
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:* The New Jersey AFL-CIO
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:* Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey
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===2011===
 
===2011===
Watson Coleman has been endorsed by:
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In 2011, Coleman’s endorsements included the following:<ref>[http://www.politickernj.com/files/NJ%20State%20AFL-CIO%20Endorsed%20Candidates%208-4-2011.pdf ''Politicker NJ,'' 2011 AFL-CIO endorsed candidates, accessed Aug. 5, 2011]</ref>
* [http://www.njaflcio.org/ New Jersey State AFL-CIO] <ref>[http://www.politickernj.com/files/NJ%20State%20AFL-CIO%20Endorsed%20Candidates%208-4-2011.pdf ''Politicker NJ,'' 2011 AFL-CIO endorsed candidates, accessed Aug. 5, 2011]</ref>
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:* [http://www.njaflcio.org/ New Jersey State AFL-CIO]
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==Personal==
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Coleman and her husband, William, have three children.
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==Recent news==
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{{submit a bio}}
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This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "'''Bonnie + Coleman + New Jersey + Assembly'''"
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
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{{RSS|feed=http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=Bonnie+Coleman+New+Jersey+Assembly&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title=Bonnie Coleman News Feed}}
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==Additional reading==
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*[http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/11/1010/2248/ ''NJSpotlight,'' "Legislative District 15," October 11, 2011]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
{{submit a leg link}}
 
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{{wikipedia}}
 
{{wikipedia}}
*[http://www.bonniewatsoncoleman.net/ Bonnie Watson Coleman campaign website]
 
 
*[http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=180 New Jersey General Assembly - Hon. Bonnie Watson Coleman]  
 
*[http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=180 New Jersey General Assembly - Hon. Bonnie Watson Coleman]  
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=24799 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=24799 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
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*[http://www.assemblydems.com/memberindex.asp?RosterKey=180 NJ Assembly Dems - Coleman profile]
 
*[http://www.assemblydems.com/memberindex.asp?RosterKey=180 NJ Assembly Dems - Coleman profile]
 
*[http://www.statesurge.com/members/208216-bonnie-watson-coleman-new-jersey State Surge - Legislative and voting track record]
 
*[http://www.statesurge.com/members/208216-bonnie-watson-coleman-new-jersey State Surge - Legislative and voting track record]
*Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=133754 2011], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113352 2009], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=95706 2007], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=77522 2005], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=43248 1999], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=59931 1997]
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*Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=133754 2011], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113352 2009], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=95706 2007], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=77522 2005], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=7897 2003], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=7781 2001], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=43248 1999], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=59931 1997]
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000317037745 Bonnie Watson Coleman on Facebook]
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000317037745 Bonnie Watson Coleman on Facebook]
 
*[http://twitter.com/#!/@bwatsoncoleman Bonnie Watson Coleman on Twitter]
 
*[http://twitter.com/#!/@bwatsoncoleman Bonnie Watson Coleman on Twitter]
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*[http://nj.gov/state/elections/2013-results/2013-official-primary-results-general-assembly.pdf ''New Jersey Department of State'', Official Primary Results]
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Bonnie Watson Coleman
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New Jersey General Assembly District 15
Incumbent
In office
1998 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2016
Years in position 16
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected1997
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sThomas Edison State College
Personal
Birthday02/06/1945
Place of birthCamden, NJ
ProfessionLegislator
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Bonnie Watson Coleman is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 15. She was first elected to the chamber in 1997. She served as Majority Leader from 2006-2009.

Biography

Coleman earned her B.A. from Thomas Edison State College in 1985. Her professional experience includes working as assistant commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in 1992, as bureau chief for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in 1980 and as director of the New Jersey Department of Transportation from 1974 to 1980. [1]

Committee assignments

2010-2012

Issues

  • A375 Raises age requirement of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18 years old.
  • A1558 Requires developers to offer solar energy systems in certain new home construction.
  • A1741 Provides for receipt for voter at primary or general election; allows receipt to be proof of eligibility to vote in subsequent election; provides State reimbursement.
  • A1774 Raises minimum wage to $8.25, then makes annual adjustments based on CPI increases.[2]

National Political Awareness Test

Coleman's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2005 National Political Awareness Test are available. When asked her top priorities, she stated,

I will continue to advance legislation which promotes the construction of affordable housing, so that we can make New Jersey and affordable place for all income levels.

Also, I plan to establish a Task Force on Education Reform for the purpose of looking at the best delivery systems for public education with an objective of finding ways to make it more efficient and cost effective to taxpayers, and consequently, lower property taxes.[3]

Pensions

Double dipping is a term used to describe the practice of allowing government employees to “retire,” start collecting a pension and then return to work for the state while continuing to receive pension benefits. It is currently permitted in New Jersey. Banning or limiting double dipping is among the proposals in New Jersey to reduce the state pension obligation. Two companion bills, S601 and A860, were introduced in the 2012-2013 legislative session. As of July 2014 neither has reached the floor for a vote. In July 2013 New Jersey Watchdog published an article focusing on double dipping by New Jersey state legislators. The report identified 18 state lawmakers who receive retirement checks totaling $782,000 a year in addition to their legislative salaries. The roster includes leaders of each party in both the Senate and Assembly.[4]
Coleman was included on the list of legislators currently receiving pension benefits and a legislative salary. According to the 2013 report, Coleman receives a $44,724 pension per year. The employer at retirement was Community Affairs.[4]

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Coleman won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 15. Coleman was bracketed with Reed Gusciora. She was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. She and incumbent Reed Gusciora (D) defeated Kim Taylor (R) and Anthony Giordano (R) in the general election which took place on November 5, 2013.[5] [6][7][8]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBonnie Watson Coleman Incumbent 31.4% 29,109
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngReed Gusciora Incumbent 31.1% 28,848
     Republican Anthony Giordano 18.8% 17,429
     Republican Kim Taylor 18.7% 17,310
Total Votes 92,696

2011

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Coleman won re-election in 2011. Coleman and incumbent Reed Gusciora ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Peter Yull and Kathy Kilcommons in the November 8 general election.[9]

New Jersey General Assembly District 15 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngReed Gusciora Incumbent 32.5% 20,350
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBonnie Watson Coleman Incumbent 32.8% 20,505
     Republican Peter Yull 17.3% 10,817
     Republican Kathy Kilcommons 17.4% 10,914
Total Votes 62,586

2009

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

Coleman successfully won re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election. Bracketed with Reed Gusciora, they defeated Republican challengers Kim Taylor and Werner Graf, as well as Libertarian challengers Daryl Mikell Brooks and Charles Green.[10][11]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Fifteenth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) 29,713
Green check mark transparent.png Reed Gusciora (D) 29,215
Kim Taylor (R) 15,418
Werner Graf (R) 14,781

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bonnie Watson Coleman is available dating back to 1997. Based on available campaign finance records, Bonnie Watson Coleman raised a total of $2,621,425 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 16, 2013.[12]

Bonnie Watson Coleman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $500,706
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $802,529
2007 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $468,827
2005 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $344,311
2003 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $192,697
2001 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $139,743
1999 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $64,458
1997 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $108,154
Grand Total Raised $2,621,425

2011

Bonnie Watson Coleman won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Bonnie Watson Coleman raised a total of $500,706.

2009

Bonnie Watson Coleman won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Bonnie Watson Coleman raised a total of $802,529.

2007

Bonnie Watson Coleman won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2007. During that election cycle, Bonnie Watson Coleman raised a total of $468,827.

2005

Bonnie Watson Coleman won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2005. During that election cycle, Bonnie Watson Coleman raised a total of $344,311.

2003

Bonnie Watson Coleman won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2003. During that election cycle, Bonnie Watson Coleman raised a total of $192,697.

2001

Bonnie Watson Coleman won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2001. During that election cycle, Bonnie Watson Coleman raised a total of $139,743.

1999

Bonnie Watson Coleman won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1999. During that election cycle, Bonnie Watson Coleman raised a total of $64,458.

1997

Bonnie Watson Coleman won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1997. During that election cycle, Bonnie Watson Coleman raised a total of $108,154.

Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Coleman’s endorsements included the following: [13] [14]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey

2011

In 2011, Coleman’s endorsements included the following:[15]

Personal

Coleman and her husband, William, have three children.

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