Why I Am Running

We need more leaders in Washington who have the backbone to stand up and fight for the important issues.  We need a strong voice who stands up for all of our shared values, a voice who doesn’t back down.

I am that voice.

My public career is founded on my principles and the courage of my convictions.  Like Rush Holt, I am not afraid to lead the charge for these ideals, and I will never back down from a fight because of political convenience.

I have been that kind of leader in New Jersey and I will be the same in Washington, D.C. 

Now more than ever, we need bold progressive leaders to stand up to Koch brother-backed Tea Party obstructionists as they spend millions of dollars to combat progressive causes and spread gridlock and animosity.

I will work with President Obama to advance his agenda for civil rights; on increasing the minimum wage so it represents a living wage; on supporting gun safety measures, and on fighting for strong education funding.  For our future - we need policies that lift us up for the better, whether that’s ensuring a sustainable energy plan, securing access for women’s healthcare, or protecting Social Security and Medicare.

We need principled Democrat leaders in Congress to accomplish that.

I truly believe that today must be better than yesterday, and that tomorrow must be better than today.

I humbly ask for and hope I can earn your support.

why-im-running.jpgAbout Bonnie

Bonnie Watson Coleman is one of New Jersey’s most respected and influential legislators, having been elected to the Legislature for eight consecutive terms. Throughout her career, Bonnie Watson Coleman has been a dedicated and outspoken advocate for women, the poor, the disadvantaged and the vulnerable. She shattered racial and gender barriers to become the first African American woman to serve as Majority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly, and the first African American woman to serve as Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.

Among her many achievements in the Legislature, Bonnie was on the front lines in the fight to increase the minimum wage, to pass the Paid Family Leave Act and to create the Office of the Comptroller to battle waste, fraud and abuse in government. She sponsored legislation to provide victims of identity theft with a legal mechanism to clear their names and continues to fight for the restoration of critical women’s health care funding, advocates for gun safety laws to keep our streets and children safe. She also worked to extend Urban Enterprise Zones and helped implement New Jersey’s Economic Opportunity Act to create jobs for New Jersey’s working families.

Education has always been an important issue for Bonnie and her family. She believes, paramount to a successful education is ensuring that parents are an integral part of the solution to fix our schools and that is why she introduced legislation to ensure local control of public schools.

Bonnie is a graduate of Thomas Edison State College and a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, an active honorary member of the Girl Scouts of America and a Deaconess at Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton, N.J. Bonnie and her husband William reside in Ewing Township and are blessed to have three sons; William, Troy, and Jared and two grandchildren; William and Kamryn.

Bonnie represents our shared democratic values. She is an advocate for hardworking families and cares deeply about the direction our nation is headed. We need a strong coalition builder who will work to ensure that every American has an opportunity to obtain the American Dream.