Dan Coleman, Once Charged With Murder, Now in Second Run for Arizona House

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There are four names on the general election ballot for State Representative in District 27, and while two of those people will be elected, only one of those people was once accused of fatally shooting a woman in the face.

That would be Dan Coleman, the lone Republican candidate in the race, who was dubbed the "Killer Candidate" in a 2006 New Times cover story, during his first run for the Arizona House of Representatives.

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"I don't talk to the New Times, thanks," Coleman said when we called him up today.

Coleman eventually called back, and although he was suspicious of us calling him, he ended up putting everything up for discussion.

"There's been a lot of growth in the state," Coleman said after we asked him to give us his campaign pitch. "South Phoenix has been pretty well left behind."

He wasn't too pleased with how he was portrayed in the 2006 New Times cover story, or a 2010 blog post, but luckily for us, he explained that he's a believer in the adage, "there's no such thing as bad press."

Coleman's running against two Democrats already elected to the Legislature -- Catherine Miranda and Ruben Gallego -- as well as a Green Party candidate, Angel Torres. There was an effort to get Miranda off the ballot over allegations of fraud -- which would've given Coleman an easy path to the House -- but a judge ruled that the lawsuit was filed too late to take action.

Coleman's other run for a House seat, in 2006, came just a few years after he fatally shot his then-girlfriend's sister after she essentially broke into his house. Coleman was charged with first-degree murder -- twice. Both charges were tossed out by a judge.

He says he thinks Miranda has tried to use the shooting as a campaign issue, but he says she's just "reaching for anything." The district Coleman's trying to represent is heavily Democratic, and Coleman says Democrats almost outnumber Republicans 2-to-1.

Still, Miranda's controversy, and indeed, her family's controversies (see: Richard Miranda Going to Prison for Stealing From Charity) has Coleman thinking he's got a shot.

He's much better-spoken about immigration and Hispanic issues than one would expect out of his Republican counterparts already in state legislative seats, and he's definitely not happy about the state of south Phoenix's public schools.

He's also a pretty straightforward speaker.

"She's corrupt and stupid, and I'm neither," Coleman says, referencing Miranda.

Coleman doesn't have it out for the other Democrat, Gallego, as he explained that he's definitely not friends with Gallego, but they're definitely good acquaintances who get along.

He's still got many of the expected Republican views that probably won't sit well with voters in his district -- consider the statement on his campaign website, "Gun control means hitting the target you are aiming at" -- but he's probably in the best position he could to beat a member of the Miranda family in an election.

"If it's not me, it'd have to be somebody else," he says.

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Dan Coleman is a liar, and a bully. I do not feel these are characteristics one should have and serve in the state or country's congress or senate. He was indicted once. The judge did not throw the case out, the prosecutor choose not to bring it to trial. He was never proven "innocent" but then he is only needed to be proven guilty. No trial.....no conclusion as to whether he is innocent on the books. Only those who know Dan and were there at the time of the shooting know what really happened, but no one is talking. I have to wonder why that is. And as a voter maybe you should wonder also.


I don't understand why you keep bringing up that he was charged twice.  If he had done something wrong, I would expect the judge to throw him in jail...he didn't.  I do agree with Kaylynn, I hope people are smart enough to really check out these candidates.  Dan was charged twice like the story says, but the next part says that the judge threw it out twice.  I consider Dan a friend and I know one thing about him.  He is real about everything and compared to his opponent, he would comment and clear up any question like he did for this magazine even after their first "unbiased" (using term loosely) writeup in 2006.  His opponent plead the fifth amendment instead of clearing up questions and  concerns of corruption and fraud that has happened now. So, it's a pretty simple decision.  Vote for a guy who was found INNOCENT after going thru the process twice and didn't hide behind the fifth 10 years ago, or vote for a lady who is being investigated NOW for corruption and fraud and won't clear it up to her constituents. 


And this surprises anyone?  Heck, this is Arizona, where if a candidate hasn't been at least indicted, we don't think he or she has enough experience to hold office.


(And yes, that is sarcasm.)

Kaylynn Elizabeth Arnold
Kaylynn Elizabeth Arnold

Really Coleman? Maybe if it was 1877, but I sincerely hope that in this era people are smart enough to vote for someone who hasn't been attempted of murder(twice).


Just one killing? Compare that to the number of killings at the hands of the MCSO shurf.


This guy, Coleman, is just an amateur Maricopa Republican.


@chavomann and the woman he murdered was my best friend for more than 20+ years. Would have been a lifetime but the piece of shit murdered her. Hanging out at bars and bragging about it doesn't make him seem too innocent does it. 

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @Tommy_Collins sheriff in training, he needs to kick up his game before joe will give him the flaccid failure nod of approval. 

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