Coleman speaks to Brundidge Rotary about campaign for 2nd Congressional District

Published 9:29 pm Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Jeff Coleman is in charge of “moving the world” but, right now, his sights are set on Washington D.C.

Coleman, the chairman of Coleman Worldwide Moving of Midland City, was the program guest of Brundidge Rotarian Jimmy Ramage at the club’s Wednesday noon meeting.

Coleman Worldwide Moving is a fifth-generation, family-owned business and is one of the top 30 largest private companies in Alabama.

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Coleman is a Dothan native; he was on a state championship football team; he earned business degrees at the University of Alabama and Troy University in Dothan. He is an Eagle Scout. He is a graduate of the Air War College National Security Forum. He and his wife have three daughters but their nest is empty.

Jeff Coleman would like to follow Martha Roby as the representative of Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

Coleman shared information about the family business that was established in 1924 and how deeply engrained he is in the world-wide moving company.

“If I cut my wrist, diesel fuel would come out,” Coleman said, laughing.

He shared his desire to have his father’s name on a Troy University building and his sense of fulfillment when the Coleman Center for Early Learning and Family Enrichment/Dothan was named for his dad.

Coleman expressed his appreciation for Alabama’s agricultural heritage, for the farmers, growers and producers and for Alabama’s young people who are the state’s future leaders.

“Did you know that 85 percent of brain growth occurs before age five,” Coleman said. “And, that 50 percent of our children are unprepared for kindergarten.”

Coleman said he has been a leader all his life and he is using those skills as an advocate for a Pre K3 program with highly trained and highly motivated teachers in the classrooms.

“The Coleman Center is dedicated to providing early learning opportunities and to family enrichment programs,” he said. “We have a generation of parents who don’t know how to be parents. The enrichment programs will make the quality of their lives better.”

And, the U.S. 2020 census is important to the future betterment of the lives of all Alabamians, he said.

“It is important that every person is counted,” he said. “We could lose a Congressional seat and, if we do, we will go to an area that we don’t like.”

And, in that vein, Coleman said he would like to fill Roby’s vacant seat in Washington. In fact, he will soon have billboards that will hopefully help send him to Washington. “But not as many billboards as Alexander Shunnarah,” he added laughing.

Coleman took questions from the Rotarians and responded that he doesn’t want violent criminals on the street, that he favors a secure Southern border and legal immigration reform, research to find more new ways to help children and more resources funneled into mental health reform.