Barbara Coleson has filed in place four on the Rockwall City Council for the seat being vacated by John King. Coleson is a 26-year resident of Rockwall, a long-time community volunteer who has been actively involved in charitable, city and county projects.

"I have a great passion for Rockwall," Coleson said. "Having worked tirelessly on many city and county committees over the years, I believe it is time for me to sit in a seat of serious decision making. With the retirement of John King, my experience and leadership in the community will be a big plus in filling his vacancy."

Coleson asked the City Council in 2002 to take a new animal shelter off the bond project ballot because it had, "become a political football" that voters would not approve.

"We still need a new animal shelter, and that will be one of my main projects when elected to the council," Coleson said. "I do not intend to run a campaign on ‘hot button’ topics such as traffic by promising action that is beyond the reach of a council member. I want to offer specific solutions to our problems."

She went before the City Council in 1998 and in 2005 when asked that the city reinstate $25,000 in the proposed budget for the beautification of downtown.

"I have served on the Downtown Restoration Committee, and I understand the support that is needed to make the square a productive part of our city. We should be proud of our historic downtown, and we should commit to raising the bar in this area."

Coleson has pledged to actively support economic growth to create more jobs and sales tax revenues to lighten the tax burden on Rockwall residents.

She’s also concerned about traffic congestion.

"The city can only do so much to relieve traffic congestion without the state’s help. It really is time that Rockwall have a lobbyist in Austin to plead the case of all things Rockwall and we must do all we can to maintain a good relationship with the state highway department,” Coleson said.

She’s pledged to work for increased public safety and is asking the Rockwall Police Department for a timetable on opening a sub-station at Fire Station #2.

For four years she served on the Chandler’s Landing Board of Directors in the community of 2,100 people and worked closely with city and county officials serving on bond committees, the Rockwall County Library Board and the library building committee.

She has also volunteered for City of Rockwall bond committees, the Capital Improvement Projects Task Force, the Committee for the Redevelopment of Downtown, and Art in Public Places Committee.

She has worked with Friends of the Library and was the co-chair person, chair person and a member of its steering committee. Coleson delivered meals for Meals on Wheels for many years. She has been a member of Rockwall Women’s League since 1982, past president and ball chairman and community chairman, and she worked with Helping Hands to establish their Children’s Medical Fund.

She currently serves on the New Library Building Committee, the Rockwall Higher Education Committee, Rockwall Coalition for the Arts and the Pumpkin Patch Committee.

Coleson has a teaching certificate from Illinois State University. She has been married to Ron Coleson for 49 years. They have four children and 13 grandchildren. Ron is a former Rockwall council member who now serves as chairman of the Rockwall Economic Development Corporation. Her daughter, Amy Peeler serves on the Bonham City Council and is currently unopposed in her bid for a second term. Her daughter, Beth Adams of Rockwall serves on the Rockwall school district’s foundation board.

"I love Rockwall, and it is our home. I would certainly appreciate your vote on May 13 for Place 4 on the Rockwall City Council. If you have any questions, please call me at 972-771-8615 or email me at 18551@charter.net. I welcome your input," Coleson said.

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