Marti Coley, the former Marti Bontrager from Blountstown, Florida, has been a long-time resident of Jackson County. She graduated from Chipola Junior College in 1981. She then went on to graduate from Florida State University in 1984 with a degree in English Education.
Coley started her teaching career in Thomasville, Georgia, before moving to Marianna in 1985 with her husband, David. She began teaching at Malone High School where she remained until 1989. In 1989 Coley moved to the college level and has been with Chipola College for over twenty years.
Representative Coley has championed many pressing issues facing our communities, including affordable housing, education, and economic development. Currently, she serves as the Chair of the Joint Administration Procedures Committee, the Vice Chair of the Education Policy Council, and is a member of the Deepwater Horizon Response and Recovery Workgroup for identifying regional long-term economic recovery opportunities in Northwest Florida, Pre-K-12 Appropriations Committee, Pre-K-12 Policy Committee, and the Select Committee on Seminole Indian Compact Review.
Representative Coley was married to the late Representative David Coley for 23 years until his death in March of 2005. They have three children: Kristin, Vance, and Hunter. Coley was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives on June 14, 2005.
Since my election to the State House of Representatives in 2005, I have worked hard to reduce taxes, improve Florida’s education system, and make environmentally friendly but affordable energy choices.
Keeping our future affordable is one of the greatest challenges we have ever faced. We are all being hit hard by rising cost of living: property taxes, user fees, gas prices, insurance, health care, food and more. My commitment is to work harder than ever to make Florida affordable again. I’m not going to stop until it’s done.
I’m proud of our way of life here in Northwest Florida. That’s why I’m asking for your support, come November. We can do so much more for our area and for its citizens. I’ve never been more prepared for or excited about the challenges that lie ahead.
In the meantime, let me know if I can help you in any way.