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Letter: Combatting COVID-19 as a community

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By Mark Olson
Chanhassen Villager
Combatting COVID-19 as a community

Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2020

 

The last several days have been trying on our country, state and community. We have seen a virus spread throughout the world, hit the shores of America, travel to the Midwest, and make its way to our own county.

Sport seasons have been canceled, religious services have switched to virtual gatherings, and community events have been called off. My own company, along with countless other employers, have sent their employees to work from home until further notice. Our local governments have done a tremendous job of guiding us on how to prepare for quarantines and prevent spreading the virus, but I wanted to take a moment to talk about how to be a good neighbor during this difficult time for our nation.

Consider participating in the “Light the Night” movement. I heard about this movement on social media and have been practicing it in my own home ever since. Citizens around the world are putting a light in their windows to share hope with their neighbors and to signal their willingness to help with any struggles the coronavirus has caused.

The purpose of the light is to let our senior neighbors know that we will run an errand for them if they are too scared to risk exposure, to let our neighbors whose daycares have been canceled, but jobs have not, know that we will help with childcare, and to let our community know that we are in this together. I encourage this great community to light the night and use this opportunity to spread hope and help.

Try to find ways to continue supporting our local businesses. I had the privilege of speaking with a local business owner concerned about how social distancing and self-quarantining will affect her shop. I learned that buying gift cards, continuing to shop local if you’re moving your shopping online, and to tip a little more than we are accustomed to will help our local businesses and their employees as this virus impacts their operations.

Help our first responders, doctors, and medical professionals by keeping them available for those who need them the most. Working in the healthcare field, I have heard countless stories of emergency rooms filled to the brim with people demanding tests who have no symptoms, of masks being stolen from hospitals, and of medical supplies being bought in bulk. Let’s work together to stay safe, healthy and prepared, without panicking. We can all work to make sure our medical professionals and first responders are available for emergencies and critical cases of COVID-19.

To learn more about the virus and how to protect yourself and others, visit www.co.carver.mn.us/covid-19 or utilize the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920.

Living with and serving the people of Chanhassen has given me so much hope that we can and will come together as a community during this pandemic. We are a community of givers, helpers and doers. We are the type of community that comes out the other side of struggles stronger and better than before. We will get through this together.


— Julia Coleman

VIDEO: What I’m fighting for

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When it comes to running for office, you have to know exactly what you’re fighting for. Will you join me in this fight on Tuesday, February 25th?

Letter: One councilor got it right

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By Mark Olson
Chanhassen Villager
Letter: One councilor got it right

Posted: Friday, December 20, 2019

 

The Chanhassen City Council approved the 2020 budget, an increase of $721,500 above the 2019 amount. The vote was 4 to 1 in favor and, in my opinion, Councilor Julia Coleman was the only one that got it right with her no vote.

Most residents are not aware that the City Council, in October, approved a franchise fee that will increase the average homeowners’ utility payments by an average of $5 a month, starting in February of 2020. Commercial businesses will pay much more.

Also, Mayor Elise Ryan mentioned that this levy is over and above new growth projected for 2020. As Coleman had mentioned, when the city needs to increase spending in one area, we must do as any wise business does and tighten our belts in another area. Where is the accountability?


Gary Haberman
Chanhassen

Chanhassen Councilor Julia Coleman announces candidacy for Senate District 47

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By Mark Olson
Chanhassen Villager
Chanhassen Councilor Julia Coleman announces candidacy for Senate District 47

Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2019

 

Chanhassen City Councilor Julia Coleman has announced that she will be running for the Minnesota Senate District 47 seat for the 2020 election and is seeking the endorsement of the Republican Party.

“With so much at stake in this election, I passionately believe that we need to elect someone who can not only fight for our conservative values, but can communicate them to and engage the voters our party needs to be victorious at the state and local level,” stated Coleman, in a press release announcing her candidacy.

State Sen. Scott Jensen (R-Chaska) announced in July, that he won’t seek re-election next year to District 47, which includes most of Carver County.

Coleman, who works as a public relations manager for a medical innovation nonprofit, was elected to the Chanhassen City Council in 2018.

“My priorities at the Capitol include putting power back into the hands of parents when it comes to their child’s education, protecting our constitutional rights, changing how we address health care 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.” said Coleman.

Coleman lives in Chanhassen with her husband Jacob, an insurance professional and local volunteer firefighter. They are expecting their first child in the coming days.

“As an expectant mother, I can tell you I know exactly what I’m fighting for and plan to bring that passion on behalf of our community to St. Paul,” stated Coleman. “I look forward to fighting for Minnesota families, and demonstrating how the Republican Party is not only the party for women, but is the party that provides families the most opportunities to succeed.”

Julia Coleman Announces Bid for MN SD47 Senate Seat

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By Alpha News Staff
Julia Coleman Announces Bid for MN SD47 Senate Seat

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2019

 

Julia Coleman announced on Wednesday that she plans to run for the Minnesota Senate District 47 seat in the legislature for the 2020 election and is seeking the endorsement of the Republican Party.

Coleman made the announcement on Facebook saying that the opportunity had been placed before her to serve more people with the seat being vacated by current Senator Scott Jensen who announced his retirement in July.

Coleman worked as a journalist for Alpha News, and lated worked as a public relations manager for a medical innovation nonprofit, was elected to the Chanhassen City Council in 2018. During her tenure on the council Coleman has championed empowerment of small businesses. She was instrumental in helping to establish a new Economic Development Commission which operates in an advisory capacity to the council the Economic Development Authority of Chanhassen to help guide economic development in the city and work to retain and improve existing businesses as well as attract new businesses to the city.

In her public and personal life, Coleman has worked to create awareness about suicide prevention. In her former role as Miss Minneapolis 2014, Coleman (nee Schleising) took part in a video series titled “Call Me Mental” and spoke about her own struggles with depression and encouraged others to speak out and ask for help. Through her work as an ambassador for Suicide Awareness Voices for Education (SAVE) she spoke to groups of people to spread education to help change the stigma of mental illness and depression.

The press release on Coleman’s campaign website states that her priorities if elected to the senate will be “putting 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.”

SD47 includes the cities of Chaska, Victoria, Waconia, Carver, Hamburg, Cologne, Mayer, New Germany, Norwood Young America and parts of Chanhassen, as well as the townships of Camden, Watertown, Benton, Hancock, Young America, Watertown, San Francisco, Hollywood and Laketown in addition to others.

Coleman lives in Chanhassen and is married to Jacob Coleman, a volunteer firefighter and the son of former Senator Norm Coleman, and they are expecting the birth of their first child shortly.

Julia Coleman announces bid for State Senate

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Posted: Wednesday, October 2nd 2019

 

JULIA COLEMAN ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN FOR STATE SENATE

CHANHASSEN, MN – Chanhassen City Councilmember Julia Coleman announced today that she will be running for the Minnesota Senate District 47 seat in the legislature for the 2020 election and is seeking the endorsement of the Republican Party.

“With so much at stake in this election, I passionately believe that we need to elect someone who can not only fight for our conservative values, but can communicate them to and engage the voters our party needs to be victorious at the state and local level,” said Coleman.

Coleman, who works as a public relations manager for a medical innovation nonprofit, was elected to the Chanhassen City Council in 2018 – winning more votes in Chanhassen than any other Republican on the ballot.

“My priorities at the Capitol include putting 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.” said Coleman.

Coleman lives in Chanhassen with her husband Jacob, an insurance professional and local volunteer firefighter. They are expecting their first child in the coming days.

“As an expectant mother, I can tell you I know exactly what I’m fighting for and plan to bring that passion on behalf of our community to St. Paul,” said Coleman. “I look forward to fighting for Minnesota families, and demonstrating how the Republican Party is not only the party for women, but is the party that provides families the most opportunities to succeed.”

More information about Coleman’s campaign can be found at ColemanForSenate.com

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