Indianapolis City-County Councilor Ed Coleman recently sat down with Reason.TV:
Ed Coleman is seeking re-election to the Indianapolis City-County Council. This ad has run in his district for all of October, and up until Election Day. Check it out!
Saturday, October 29 · 9:30am – 12:30pm
Heine’s World Famous Roast Beef
7040 Madison Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46227
We’re down to the last two weeks. Come out and help Ed Walk his District! We will be meeting at a supporting business, Heine’s Roast Beef at 9:30am
We had a record number of volunteerslast weekend, let’s break it!
We need to move out in full force and show the voters of Perry township that I am serious about winning!
If you cannot make it the whole time, feel free to help in the segments that you can! All help is important and needed!
Indianapolis City-County Councilor Ed Coleman has launched a TV spot is his effort to seek re-election to the governing body of America’s 11th largest city. Coleman was elected in 2007 as a Republican, but left for the Libertarian Party a year later due to the constant pressure to raise taxes and support corporate bailouts.
Since then, Coleman has been an independent voice against votes like the CIB bailout, the Simon Brothers/Pacer bailout, and many other big spending projects championed by Mayor Greg Ballard and the council Republicans. Coleman has been a constant advocate for transparency as well. In an effort to fight crony capitalism, Coleman wrote and helped pass an ordinance to put all city contracts online for Indianapolis citizens to see. Coleman also introduced a proposal the remove the TSA from Indianapolis Airports, but that was tabled by the Republicans.
Help Coleman make a statement. If you’ve REALLY ‘Had Enough,’ volunteer for Ed Coleman today.
The Libertarian National Committee has voted to make a significant contribution to Re-election of Indianapolis City-County Councilor Ed Coleman. The LNC will contribute $50,000 to the highest ranking Libertarian official in the United States seeking to stay on the Council. Coleman was elected in 2007 to office as a Republican to an At-Large seat on the council, and switched after his punishment by the party for standing on libertarian principles.
“This is not just a game-changer for my race, but also for the entire Libertarian Party,” said Councilor Ed Coleman. “We hope this serves as a signal to all elected Republicans and Democrats that standing on principle doesn’t mean campaigning alone. The party of principle will work to help elect and re-elect Libertarians to make true change in the political arena. I would like to thank the LNC for recognizing this opportunity, and stepping up to keep the libertarian message moving forward.”
Coleman will use the additional funds to increase the footprint of his campaign. This is the most money that the national party has donated to a single candidate for their race.
“I am thrilled to see the LNC donate to the re-election of Ed,” said Sam Goldstein, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Indiana. “I truly believe that this will become a watershed moment for the Libertarian Party in Indianapolis, Indiana, and on the national stage. Our party has made a statement that we are fully committed to electing and re-electing Libertarians to partisan office.”
July 11, 2011
Dear Friend of Liberty,
Who is the highest-level partisan elected Libertarian in America?
Based on population, it’s Ed Coleman, an at-large Indianapolis City-County Councilor.
He’s up for re-election this November and he needs your help. You can donate to his campaign here.
I donated $100 to his campaign last Saturday.
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Ed Coleman was first elected to the Indianapolis City County Council in 2007 and is determined to continue working for the citizens of Indianapolis.
Councilor Coleman is a health care professional and works for a subsidiary of Wellpoint in Indianapolis. He and his wife Kerri are proud parents of two children and reside on the Southside of Indianapolis. Ed was honorably discharged following 3 years of service in the United States Navy. Ed spent his 3 years with HS-4 helicopter squadron attached to the USS Carl Vinson doing a 6 month deployment to the Persian Gulf. Then briefly with the USS Abraham Lincoln. He then spent 9 years in the Indiana Army National Guard were he was activated in support of training troops for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also was honored for state emergency service on 3 seperate occasions. He is an Indianapolis native, graduating from Warren Central and Ivy Tech.
These days, Indianapolis politics is little more than a shoving match between the Republicans and Democrats. Too often, the real issues Indianapolis voters deal with on a daily basis are overshadowed by the agenda of party officials. That’s not right and that’s just one of the reasons Councilor Coleman is proud to be a Libertarian. Ed Coleman is working today to protect the interests of his constituents, not party officials.
Business development is crucial for the future of Indianapolis. Ed Coleman believes the best way to insure jobs and revenue for our growing city is to minimize obstacles for new ventures, not bribing investors with sweetheart tax deals and other city funded incentives. Corporate welfare is just one of the ways government officials take advantage of you, the taxpayer. Councilor Coleman is working today to protect the interest of taxpayers, not corporate cronies.
Many of the large companies that define Indiana commerce started as small, privately owned businesses. Eli Lilly, Allison Transmission and Simon Properties are just a few of the local businesses that resulted from the hard work, risk and dedication of entrepreneurs. Ed Coleman wants to insure Indianapolis offers a fertile environment for small businesses by streamlining municipal licensing processes and listening to the needs of entrepreneurs. Councilor Coleman is working today to bring jobs and commerce to Indianapolis, not saddling the innovators of tomorrow with senseless regulation and bureaucracy.
A successful city must be a safe city. Unfortunately, Indianapolis has struggled to insure the safety of area residents in recent years and that has to change. Ed Coleman values the contributions of the men and women dedicated to protect the residents of Indianapolis. He’s listening to their issues, as well as the communities they serve. Ed Coleman sees no place for politics and inflated egos in our public safety system. Councilor Coleman is working today to insure our city police, fire and EMS systems are prepared to protect and serve our citizens, not the interests of well connected city officials and their patrons.
Have you seen the condition of Indianapolis roads and bridges? Ed Coleman has and he knows we deserve a stronger infrastructure. That’s why he supports fiscally responsible improvement projects throughout Indianapolis. Ed is also aware of the impacts these projects impose on local residents and business owners. Too often, residents and business owners are forced to accept months of disruption to their lifestyles and livelihoods as municipal projects run over schedule and over budget. Too often, property owners are forced to sell in order to make these projects possible. Ed Coleman believes the city must take into consideration the real impacts of these projects and offer reasonable accommodation to effected residents and businesses. That also means limiting the acquisition of property through eminent domain to absolute necessity. Councilor Coleman is working today to make Indianapolis a functional and beautiful city, not a gridlocked construction zone where property rights are ignored.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Libertarian Party of Marion County (LPMC) strongly opposes the proposed
North of South Deal. The proposal (No. 292, 2010) will have the City issue a $98,000,000 bond in order
to secure financing for a private development on the near south side of downtown.
The project is proposed to include a boutique hotel, a YMCA, upscale apartments, and more in a mixed
use development led by Buckingham Cos. A proposal was ready to go before the City-County Council
until it was removed from the agenda prior to the February 7 meeting.
“We have another case of corporate welfare about to go before the Council,” says LPMC Chair Matt
Wittlief. “The project failed to secure private funding, so the City has gone back to its bag of tricks to
provide corporate welfare in the name of economic development. The project is too risky for private
banks – banks that took risky bets and nearly collapsed the economy. We have our own version of too-big-
to-fail here in Indy: too-politically-connected-to-not-get-taxpayer-money.”
Mayor Greg Ballard was quoted in the Indianapolis Business Journal in September saying, “Traditional
credit does not exist in this environment.”
Wittlief adds, “In this environment we have the billionaire owners of the Pacers and the Colts getting
handouts. We also have a history of proposed economic development projects which have not come to
fruition. This is not the environment of the free market. It’s the environment of private investment
recognizing risks and the government getting involved thinking that it knows better. We are glad that
the vote was postponed tonight due to insufficient notice given to the public. Hopefully, the residents
of Marion County will gain more awareness of this proposal and refuse to put their livelihood at risk
when banks were not willing to do so.”
The Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the United States, and is the only non-major
party with ballot access in the state of Indiana. Libertarians believe in a small non-intrusive government
that is financially responsible, administratively competent and socially tolerant.
Libertarian Party of Marion County
LPMC Contact: Matt Wittlief, LPMC Chairman, 317.660.LPMC or firstname.lastname@example.org
LPMC Website: www.indylp.org
Dear Friends and Supporters,
In this coming year, I will face a serious challenge: Maintaining my seat as a City-Councilor in Indianapolis. I currently have served as an at-large city-county councilor since 2007, and it has been a privilege to serve over a million citizens. In 2009, I made the decision to leave the Republican Party for the Libertarian Party.
The Marion County Republican party has spent the last four years giving welfare to major corporations, denying the second amendment rights all Indianapolis citizens are due, and punishing those within their party that dare to speak up for principle.
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Libertarian Indianapolis City-County Councilor Coleman Introduces Proposal to Remove TSA from Indy Airport
Indianapolis City-County Councilor Ed Coleman (L) has introduced a proposal to to refuse further service from the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) at the Indianapolis airport. The airport could then hire its own security, or contract it out to a private firm.
The City-Council can recommend this change to the Indianapolis Airport Authority, an independent municipal corporation. Read the text of Proposal 337, 2010 by clicking here.
Indianapolis residents can support this proposal in a few ways:
- Call or Email City-Councilors. Find their information here.
- The proposal will appear before the Municipal Committee next Monday night. Please attend the meeting and ask for its passage. The meeting starts at 5:30 PM at the City-County Building in room 118.
- Contact the Councilors of the committee. It has to pass to committee to be voted on (and passed) by the full council. Most controversial bills are killed in committee because politicians think supporters or opponents of a proposal are not paying attention. Please politely write them and remind them that is false.
LPIN Executive Director Chris Spangle picks up where the last podcast left off- with Indiana City-County Councilor Ed Coleman’s navigation of uncharted, caucus-free waters.
So, what happens when Libertarians are elected to the Indiana statehouse? Or to Congress? Will they caucus with Republicans or Democrats? Will they stand alone as kingmakers? Spangle considers the various angles in this edition of the podcast.
Listen Here: Which Way To The Libertarian Caucus?
If the thought is that one Libertarian on a legislative body has no value, think again. Besides being a coveted vote on any fairly evenly split council, being outside the usual “bi-partisan” bickering can mean easy passage of an ordinance or bill on “tri-partisan” lines.
This is exactly what happened when Indianapolis City-County Councilor introduced a transparency proposal in late 2009. It was so obviously good government that both the Republicans and Democrats had no choice but to vote for it- and give Coleman a legislative victory.
Dav Wilson is the Libertarian candidate for US House in District 7. His shift from his conservative Republican background to the Libertarian Party roughly mirrors that of his friend- Indianapolis City-County Councilman Ed Coleman.
Wilson is quick to point out that he switched before Coleman did, and on the grounds of individual rights and discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Find out more at his campaign website: www.wilsonforindy.com.
Listen here: 076 Dav Wilson’s Conversion Parallels A Friend’s
If the US and Indiana Constitutions uphold the right of citizens to defend themselves with firearms, why does Indianapolis and Marion County override these freedoms with ordinances? And, why in City parks?
Libertarian City-County Councilman Ed Coleman sought to restore what he calls ‘basic human rights’ with an ordinance that would permit those with concealed carry licenses to do so in the parks. Coleman’s proposal brought swift denunciations by Republicans.
Coleman explains the process and the politics that shot down his proposal.
Listen to the podcast here: 057 Ed Coleman’s self-defense proposal shot down
Audio can be used freely if attributed to LPIN and www.lpin.org.
The LPIN podcast is a feature of the LPIN, highlighting candidate and member efforts through direct interviews. The program is hosted by Libertarian Party of Hamilton County Chair Mike Kole. You can also subscribe through iTunes by clicking here. You can also search for this podcast in the iTunes directory.
By Matt Wittlief
This past Monday, the City-County Council voted to approve the transfer of water and wastewater utilities to Citizen’s Energy Group. The deal is very complex and convoluted – perhaps by design, perhaps by necessity. My opinions on the deal have varied, but in the end, I support the transfer, but not the entire deal.
While this process did begin a long time ago, public awareness of the deal has been essentially limited to the last few months after the Mayor’s Office released the Memorandum of Understanding which was signed on March 9. The deal transfers two utilities, the water and wastewater systems, along with a significant amount of debt to Citizens in exchange for a cash payment. The key reason for the transfer, as marketed to the public, was to allow Citizens to leverage synergies in managing utilities to help curb ratepayer costs. There has also been much publicity regarding the issuance of bonds in conjunction with the sale to fund infrastructure improvements for roads, bridges, sidewalks, and parks.
It is important to understand that these are two distinct issues which had two distinct proposals and two distinct votes before the City Council.
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