Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 11:08 am
Chanhassen resident Jake Coleman has announced plans to seek the Republican endorsement for the District 47 seat in the Minnesota Senate.
The Senate seat is currently held by Sen. Julianne Ortman, of Chanhassen, who has declared she will not seek re-election next fall. District 47 covers most of Carver County.
Coleman, a first-time candidate and the son of former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, received a degree in finance from the University of St. Thomas. He also has a juris doctor degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. During the past four years, Coleman has served in the Office of U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen.
As a new candidate, Coleman said in a news release he is eager to listen to the concerns of Carver County residents.
“I’m deeply grateful for the many in people Carver County who have fought for our shared conservative values for many years. I want to first listen to you and hear your perspective and concerns as I hope to carry on our fight together,” said Coleman. “I also know that we need to get more people involved and reach out to younger voters – the next generation of leaders.”
Coleman said his campaign will focus on the future and on making Minnesota a better place to live, work, and raise a family.
In addition to changing the way the Legislature spends tax dollars, Coleman said he wants to enact policy reforms including eliminating the Met Council, changing the way teacher retention decisions are made, and protecting the unborn.
Coleman has agreed to abide by the Republican endorsement for Senate District 47.
Scott Jensen, a former local chairman of the Republican Party and former school board member in Waconia School District, previously announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination the position.