David Coulter – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Previous Candidate for State Senator District 14, Michigan

Michigan Democratic Party
555 Leroy Ferndale, MI 48220Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 543-8984
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

By any reasonable measure, Lansing is broken. In the midst of the worst economic times Michigan has faced in a generation, we saw state government forced to shut down for the second time in three years. But it doesn't have to be this way.

I'm running as a Democrat for State Senator in the 14th District because I have the experience and leadership to bring people together to find real solutions to the problems we face. For seven years as Oakland County Commissioner I've worked to create jobs, increase access to health care and redevelop the older communities in south Oakland County. And as the board's Democratic Leader, I've helped negotiate budgets that were both balanced and on-time while still delivering excellent service to our residents.

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Dave Coulter is a lifelong resident of Michigan.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Dave Coulter was a civil engineering draftsman and public school teacher. He also worked for 13 years in Public Affairs at Michigan Consolidated Gas Company, most recently as Manager of Communications.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Since 2006, Dave has been the Democratic Leader of the Board of Commissioners. In that role, he helps set Democratic priorities and acts as the main negotiator with Republican leadership. He also serves on the board's Finance Committee. He is on the board of the Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLHSA), Community Health Charities and the Michigan Democratic Party State Central Committee, and is a former member of the Ferndale Library Board and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).

Dave was also the former Executive Director of the non-profit Michigan AIDS Fund, which raised funds for HIV prevention education.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

Dave is currently serving his 4th term as Oakland County Commissioner. Dave has been a passionate fighter for expanded access to health care, greater redevelopment of south Oakland cities, and greater openness and transparency of county government.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

He earned a B.A. from Michigan State University, and an Executive Education certificate (Senior Executives in State and Local Government) from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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