David Coulter (politician)

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David W. Coulter
Mayor of Ferndale, Michigan
Assumed office
January 2011
Preceded by Craig Covey
Personal details
Born Detroit, Michigan
Political party Democratic
Residence Ferndale, Michigan
Alma mater Michigan State University
Harvard University
Website DaveCoulter.com

David Coulter is the mayor of Ferndale, Michigan. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Personal life and education[edit]

Coulter was raised in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and attended St. Joan of Arc Grade School in the city. He graduated from Bishop Gallagher High School in Harper Woods, Michigan. Coulter earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and an Executive Education Certificate from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.[1]

He is openly gay.[2]


Coulter has worked as a civil engineering draftsman and school teacher. He was employed for thirteen years by Michigan Consolidated Gas Company, served as the executive director of the Michigan AIDS Fund [1] and a program officer for the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation.

Coulter was elected to the Oakland County Commission in 2002, defeating a 20-year incumbent by 86 votes. He served four terms on the Commission (2002-2010), also serving as Democratic minority leader.[3] He left the seat to run for a Michigan Senate seat in the 14th district in 2010, but lost in the primary to Vincent Gregory.[3][4] Coulter was appointed Mayor of Ferndale in January 2011 after his predecessor resigned.[4] Coulter was then elected to the two-year position in November 2011. He was re-elected in November 2013,[5] defeating his predecessor and two other challengers.[6] He ran unopposed to win re-election in November 2015.

Coulter created the Mayor's Business Council in 2012, helping lead to a period of business growth and increased economic development in the city.[7][8]

In 2013, Coulter, along with Congressman Sander Levin, undertook a challenge in which they spent less than $4.50 a day on food. They did so to protest cuts to food stamps.[9] The following year, Coulter became the first mayor in Michigan to perform same-sex marriages.[10]

Electoral history[edit]

2011 Mayoral
Dave Coulter 84.2%
Ray Willis 15.1%

2013 Mayoral
Dave Coulter 47.7%
Craig Covey 33.2%
Linda Parton 9.8%
Sherry Wells 9.0%

2015 Mayoral



  1. ^ a b "David Coulter". Vote Michigan. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Lacy, eric (16 October 2013). "Ferndale's Dave Coulter, Michigan's only openly gay mayor, weighs in on state's same-sex marriage ban". mlive.com. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Endorsements: State Senate in Oakland County districts". Detroit Free Press. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Adolphus, Emmell Derra (15 February 2011). "Dave Coulter Sworn in as Ferndale's Mayor". Ferndale Patch. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Ellis, Leslie (7 May 2013). "Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter Announces Re-Election Bid". Ferndale Patch. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Laitner, Bill (12 August 2013). "Michigan's first gay mayor says he'll duel state's second one in Ferndale election". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Schrader, Jessica (28 June 2012). "Mayor's Council Aims to Promote Business Growth in Ferndale - Government - Ferndale, MI Patch". Ferndale.patch.com. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Pinho, Kirk (17 April 2014). "Ferndale's biz-friendly moves attract companies, spur expansions". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Kavanaugh, Cathy (3 September 2013). "Ferndale Mayor David Coulter, Congressman Sander Levin take $4.50-a-day meal challenge". Oakland Press News. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general-news/20140322/birmingham-couple-takes-vows-in-oakland-countys-first-same-sex-marriage

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