Bonnie Watson Coleman

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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 2014
Years in position 16
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1997
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
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 September 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 ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 15. Coleman is bracketed with Reed Gusciora. She was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. She is challenged by Kim Taylor (R), Anthony Giordano (R), and incumbent Reed Gusciora (D) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[5] [6]

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.[7]

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.[8][9]

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.[10]

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 include the following: [11] [12]

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

2011

In 2011, Coleman’s endorsements included the following:[13]

Personal

Coleman and her husband, William, have three children.

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