Who is Aaron Coleman? teenager 19 from Wyandotte, Kansas, won the Democratic primary contest
Aaron Coleman, a 19-year-old teenager from Wyandotte, Kansas, won the Democratic primary contest for a state House seat on August 17.
Coleman, who ran for the 37th District seat of Kansas House, defeated Stan Frownfelter in the seven-term tenure by 14 votes. According to the Kansas City Star, Frownfelter received 809 votes and 823.
Frownfelter announced that he would launch a primary campaign in November to protect his seat against Coleman, the New York Times reported. Republican Kristina Smith also plans to run as a candidate against Coleman, according to KCTV5.
Coleman told the Kansas City Star that he did not expect him to win. “I was as shocked by the results as anyone,” he said.
Democratic state leaders expressed concern about Coleman’s controversial past and ability to run the office. “Aaron Coleman is not eligible to serve in the Legislature,” Lauren Fitzgerald, spokesperson for Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, told the New York Times. According to the Kansas City Star, Wichita Democrat and House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer said Coleman “does not represent the values of House of Democrats.”
Coleman was born on September 20, 2000 at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City and lived in the Turner neighborhood all her life. The campaign website says “it has a deep connection with Wyandotte and is proud to be a fourth-generation Dotte.”
He attended Turner Elementary, but chose to homeschool online during middle school. He then left Turner and attended Shawnee Mission West High School in Johnson County. “If you go to a school in Dotte, you run into opportunities stolen from you,” said Coleman’s website, which argues that the quality of education in Wyandotte County is not ideal.
Still, Coleman still sees Turner as her home and says people are like her family, according to her website.
Coleman is currently a student at Johnson County Community College, where she studies the liberal arts. He hopes to transfer to Kansas University or Kansas State University. It also works as a dishwasher and says this experience helped it better represent the working class in Kansas.
Coleman’s father was permanently disabled due to his time in the service. He served as an Air Force technician during the Gulf War and was honorably demobilized, according to Coleman’s website. He said that his father’s sacrifice taught him “what it means to give more than you get”.
Coleman hopes to make the transition to Kansas University and also intends to join the Air Force. According to the website, there is an Air Force ROTC program that will pay for college education if the university signs up to be an officer for six years. If Coleman is admitted to the program, he will seek re-election only once and will serve as State Representative for four years.
Because his father is disabled, Coleman’s family depends heavily on his mother’s income. On the campaign website, she said that despite having a master’s degree in education, Coleman had a hard time finding a job “matching her qualifications.” Now he works at a hotel reception and earns a lot less than a teacher.
Coleman reflects on her mother’s experience when dealing with education issues in the state.
With teachers teaching ever increasing class sizes, the total number of teachers needed is reduced. It’s sad that the state of Kansas has decided the best policy for our children is to put teachers like Aaron’s mother out of the teaching business.
Coleman thinks that Kansas “must place restrictions on the number of students a teacher can teach so that teachers like his mother can find work in this field in Kansas, rather than leaving to teach elsewhere”.
Coleman advocated for universal health care, arguing that “Medicare-for-All is the best solution to address these concerns in America.” His campaign website points out that the privatized healthcare system should be replaced and human lives should be placed above profits.
He also calls for the legalization of cannabis, saying that it will create “thousands of high paying jobs” and generate $2 billion in tax revenue every ten years, which could be used in education and infrastructures.
Coleman raised $3,685 for his campaign, including $1,500 from his loans and another $975 from family members, according to the Kansas City Star.
Coleman told the Kansas City Star that he would continue his campaign this fall. “I enjoy very much any time the opportunity to meet people in my district,” he said. “I look very much to the opportunity this fall to knock on more doors than I have ever knocked before.”]
Coleman was a war prosecutor as an independent governor in 2018 when she was only 17 years old. He told the campaign website at the time that he remembered very closely the “American war machine” when he was growing up during the 9/11 period.
“Democrats and Republicans interact with big money and the war machine.
Therefore, I am proud to declare my nomination (n) for Governor of Kansas independently. Both sides need major reform. We need peace. ”
Coleman said that a childhood accident inspired him to run for this office. His campaign website for the House chair said he was locked in a closet in primary school for three years and was “neurologically affected”. Coleman called it “severe trauma” and therefore “expelled from school”.
“I fought my condition and excelled academically to complete my GED,” he said. That’s why I was nominated for Governor in 2018 because I’m lucky to be alive and I don’t want any child to suffer the way I do. ”
However, Doug Powers, the Turner school district’s assistant inspector, refuted the allegation that Coleman was under solitary confinement. Powers told AP that the school district “does not keep children in the closet.”
There were other young people running for governor, the Kansas City Star reported, but none of their proposals for the post were successful. After that, Kansas legislators passed a law requiring candidates for governor to be at least 25 years old, according to the Kansas Legislative Research Department.
Coleman’s middle school girls have a troubled history of “bullying, revenge porn and blackmail,” Kansas City Star reports. In an interview with the AP, he confessed to engaging in these “abusive behaviors”.
She blackmailed a young woman with her nudity photo and threatened to send her to family and friends if she didn’t send her any further. As the Kansas City Star reported, when Coleman didn’t send him any more pictures, he distributed it to “everyone” the woman knew.
In the sixth grade, he was accused of verbal insulting another young woman, which led to a suicide attempt. “I couldn’t believe there was another man in power who didn’t respect women,” he told the Kansas City Star.
A third woman said that Coleman had harassed her for months and continued to call her family home phone.
According to the Kansas City Star, Coleman apologized for mistreating women.
He also made some controversial comments during his campaign. According to the Kansas Reflector, in a Facebook post that has now been deleted, he made inappropriate comments about the death of former presidential candidate Herman Cain, and former state Representative John Whitmer said he would “laugh and chuckle” if he got infected and died. Cain refused to wear a mask at a rally for President Trump at the Oklahoma rally and was caught in the coronavirus.
“It is clear that Aaron Coleman is not eligible to serve in the Kansas Legislature,” said Shannon Golden, executive director of the Kansas Republican Party, in an email to the Kansas City Star. “Anyone whose previous statements and actions are so disgusting and who despises women and human life so much should not have a place in public office. It is disturbing that the Kansas Democratic Party remains silent against Aaron Coleman. ”
“I reject any comments made by the young man,” Kansas City Democrats Representative Tom Burroughs told the Kansas City Star. “This is not my Democrat type.”
“If people want to focus on the opera show, they can do it,” Coleman told the New York Times in response to his critics. “But I’m focusing on issues affecting voters and working-class Cancans.”