Hi! I’m Julia Coleman and I’m running for the Minnesota State Senate to represent Carver County.
I have a passion for public service, and currently serve on the Chanhassen City Council. It is such an honor to serve my community in this capacity, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve even more people and fight for our shared values at the State Legislature.
My husband Jacob and I live in Chanhassen, where he serves as a firefighter. We are expecting our first child, a little boy, in the coming days. Being an expectant mother is what drives me to step up to the plate and fight for what I believe in, in order to give my son, and all our children, the best future possible.
By fighting to put power back into the hands of parents when it comes to their child’s education, protecting our constitutional rights, changing how we address healthcare costs, opposing a gas tax increase, and holding bureaucracies – like the Department of Human Services – accountable for how they spend our hard-earned tax dollars, I believe we can start to make that future possible.
I was raised by my father, Brad, and my mother, Polly in Maplewood, Minnesota. I am so proud of my father’s service as a Ramsey County Deputy. Growing up with a father in law enforcement has instilled in me an immense amount of respect for our police force. As a state senator, Minnesotans can count on me to honor our first responders, and to consider them in all of the policy decisions I make. My mother is a small business owner, and enabled me to see firsthand how excessive regulations and taxation directly impact our small business owners and the families they are trying to support. As your state senator I will fight to increase opportunities for small business owners, and keep more money in their pockets. As a city councilmember I fought to create Chanhassen’s first economic development commission, to give business owners and residents the opportunity to have a voice in how city regulations and policies affect our economic growth. I would like to have these same conversations at the state level.
A proud Gopher, I received my degree from the University of Minnesota in 2014. During my time at the U of M I served as the Student Body Representative to the Board of Regents, and worked for multiple branches of government; interning in the Governors Office and the Minnesota State Senate. In 2014 I won the title of Miss Minneapolis, earning scholarship money to help pay for my degree. This also gave me the opportunity to travel to various parts of the country to speak about the importance of breaking the stigma surrounding mental health, and was featured in a mental health documentary. I now help run a local Miss America Scholarship program, mentoring several young women each year. Currently, I’m the Public Relations Manager for a medical innovation nonprofit and am active with the Chanhassen Lions Club, leading its committee on public relations.
But my drive for service doesn’t stop there. As your state senator, I want to demonstrate to our community how conservative values offer the most opportunities for families to succeed. I have proven I have the skills to do this. When I was elected to Chanhassen City Council I received more votes than anyone else in the City, with the exception of our United States Senator. I was able to accomplish this by connecting with as many voters as possible with thoughtful messaging and a clear-cut vision. I plan to do this again in 2020.
In the coming months I look forward to having countless conversations about our shared vision for Minnesota and hope to earn your support. Please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Sincerely, Julia Coleman