Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter Announces State Rep Run for 27th District

Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter Announces State Rep Run for 27th District

(Crystal Proxmire, July 11, 2019)

Ferndale, MI– After  serving as Mayor of Ferndale for nine years, David (Dave) Coulter has decided to run for State Representative of Michigan’s 27th House District, which includes Berkley, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge and Royal Oak Township. The election takes place Nov. 3, 2020.

“I’m passionate about building vibrant communities and making them work for the people who live here,” Coulter said in his video announcement Wednesday.  “I’ve also seen first-hand what can happen when Lansing fails to address the issues that are critical to the success of our communities and families.”

Coulter told Oakland County Times that he enjoyed being Mayor.

“I’ve loved watching the city prosper under the collective leadership of so many talented people. The job of mayor is more conductor than soloist, and I’ll miss working with such an amazing choir! There’s also a personal connection people have with their mayor that I’ve never experienced in other positions. It drove me to always try to do my best for fear of letting them down, and I’ll always treasure the support and friendship people gave so generously,” he said.

Before becoming Mayor of Ferndale, Coulter served as County Commissioner for eight years, a position that, at the time, represented Ferndale, Hazel Park, and the south end of Royal Oak.

He has worked with the other cities in the 27th in his time on County Commission and as Ferndale Mayor.

“I’ve always believed in a collaborative approach to governing and have worked with all the cities in the 27th District is some way, and many of our challenges are the same. I represented Hazel Park for 8 years on the County Commission and remain impressed with how they have navigated the loss of state revenue sharing and other funding to survive and now thrive as a community.

“Ferndale shares fire, school and library services with Royal Oak Township and we continue to have a strong relationship with that resilient community.

“We’re exploring the MoGo bike share program with several cities including Pleasant Ridge, Oak Park, Huntington Woods and Berkley.

“We’ve successfully come together on road grants with both Hazel Park and Oak Park, resulting in better, more complete and safer streets for our residents and visitors.

“And I meet regularly with the South Oakland Co. Mayor’s Association to better understand their issues and explore ways to support each other. These are just a few examples that reflect my view that local communities are not in competition with each other but can and should be partners for everyone’s mutual benefit,” Coulter said.

Being a State Rep. means being able to do even more.  “With nine years’ experience as mayor and eight as county commissioner, I hope my experience in helping solve real issues in people’s lives can bring a sensible perspective to state issues and the impact of decisions on local communities and families. I’ve also learned that the best results are achieved when everyone has a voice at the table, and I’ll be a strong advocate for inclusive decision-making in Lansing.”

Current State Representative Robert Wittenberg cannot run again due to term limits. Thus far Oakland County Times is unaware of any other candidates that have announced they are running. The general election will be held on November 3, 2020. A primary is scheduled for August 4, 2020. The filing deadline is April 21, 2020. Coulter is running as a Democrat.

Oakland County Times invites all candidates running for office in 2019 and 202 to do a short video interview. To schedule, contact editor@oc115.com

More information:

2019 election

2020 election

Ferndale News Page

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