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Belleville Alderman Ward 8 candidate: LaKeisha Coleman

Name: LaKeisha Coleman

City of residence: Belleville

Age: 37

Family status: Single

Education: Bachelor’s degree in health education; master’s in public administration

Occupation: Organ and tissue donor program development specialist

Political party: Independent

Office sought: Alderman Ward 8

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Previously held offices: None

What qualifies you for this position?

“I have been a resident in the city of Belleville for over 15 years. I was honorably discharged from the United States Navy in 2001. I then went on to receive a bachelor of science degree in health education and a master’s degree in public administration. Since my discharge from the Armed Forces, I have served my community in several capacities as a volunteer and mentor and have served on several committees and advisory boards.”

What is the top issue in your race, and how would you address it?

“Below is a list of objectives that speak directly to some of my current concerns and concerns of the residents of Ward 8:

- fixing the streets

- restore recreational activities for our youth in hopes of them developing skills to become productive citizens and decrease potential for crime

- focus on development of neighborhood watches

- encourage economic growth and development

- Address crime free housing

I will accomplish these goals if elected by utilizing my influence as a council member to vote for opportunities that will benefit my community and the families that live here.”