Coffey wants to remain voice of those who might not be able

Sep. 16, 2013 @ 08:50 PM

Sara Coffey’s time in Henderson has been a consistent effort to speak up for those who might not be able, and to give back to the less fortunate.

She’s hopeful for another term on the Henderson City Council as a way to continue. But win or lose, she assures she’ll still be that person even if without an elected seat.

Coffey is the incumbent for the at-large Ward 1 seat in the non-partisan Oct. 8 municipal election. She’s challenged by Charles Douglas.

“I’m vice-chairman of the Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity board,” said Coffey, owner of Coffey Bail Bonds and a passionate animal rights advocate. “I’m proud of that. I was guardian ad litem in the court system. I’ve been a community advocate ever since I’ve been here. I’m a voice for people who couldn’t be heard, or who were afraid to speak out.

“I’m proud people have allowed me to do that.”

She challenged multiple times to gain her seat on the council and has been re-elected twice.

“I consider my work with the City Council, I take it very seriously,” Coffey said. “I put my heart and soul into it. I’d love to continue to do it. If not elected, I will continue to represent the people. They need representation.”

Coffey said families’ sustainability through jobs and the city’s economic development are major issues facing the city.

“We need to bring industry, not just for teenagers after school, but some real meat and potatoes that families can make ends meet,” Coffey said. “Families of four or five can barely live on a minimum wage job.”

Coffey said the crime rate, schools, and the city’s economic development is critical for Henderson.

“I think we should have kept taxes down,” Coffey said. “That was a big mistake on the city’s part, raising taxes when businesses can barely afford to make ends meet. That was a major mistake.”

She offered praise for the recent progress made in the one-stop permitting process. Coffey also said recent improvements in infrastructure were sorely needed.

“We as a city council need to do all we can to put the right people in office and make the right decisions for the city, not based on personal agendas,” Coffey said. “We should look at our overall group of citizens and decide what is best for them, even if it is something we might not agree with ourselves, it has to be done for our citizens.”

Contact the writer at awooten@hendersondispatch.com.