Mark Coats announced Candidacy for Miami-Dade County Commission District 9

-Long-time resident of District 9 is running for Miami-Dade County Commission in 2020-

MIAMI – Surrounded by friends, family and community leaders, Mark Coats, a long-time resident of Miami-Dade County District 9 and a pastor in the community with over 19 years of service, announced that he is seeking office as the next Miami-Dade County Commissioner representing District 9.

A bridge builder who brings the community together, Coats has lived in District 9 for over 30 years, where he has raised his family and established deep roots and a long record of service. Coats announced his candidacy to some of his closest supporters on February 5, 2018, at Miami-Dade College Campus in Homestead, during the first of several events that will be held throughout the district.

As a pastor in the community, Mark Coats has attended diligently to the needs and concerns of families in the district.

“It is this first-hand understanding of my community that has led me to announce my Candidacy for the County Commission for District 9 in 2020. I ask that you join me in our collective efforts to continue the work that must done to make our District a place we can all be proud to call home and raise our families,” said Mark Coats.

During the event, Coats was surrounded by community leaders including Pastor Brousarad, Pastor Shaw, Rev. Dunn III, Rev.Tate, Carolyn Boyce, Rev. Jones, and Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera. Congressman Kendrick Meek and Mayor Alex Penelas, also support Mark Coats but were unable to attend the campaign launch.

“My qualification as a civic leader, along with my public service background has given me insight into the workings of Miami-Dade County governance for over 30 years. As your County Commissioner, I would work tirelessly to improve our social, economic, and governmental needs,” stated Coats.

Goulds Community Gets New High School

Goulds Community to get New High School
Renowned Pastor to be honored

Goulds Community Gets New High School

Government and religious leaders will join Grace of God Baptist Church Pastor Mark Coats Sr., Charter Schools USA, and other church and community members to officially kick-off its building construction program. The Charter School, which is the first phase of the building project, phase II being the sanctuary/wellness center, will be named and dedicated in honor of one who was recognized across the country as a “Spiritual Giant” in the Christian community.

Although construction has already begun, the official groundbreaking will take place at the Dr. Joseph Coats Sr. Grace Charter School, located at 226th Terrace & SW 112thAvenue in the Goulds Community on Friday, March 4, 2011 at 10:00am.

Dr. Joseph Coats Sr., Pastor Marks Coats’ father, was pastor of Glendale Baptist Church for more than 30 years, where he fostered and promoted love and companion for all mankind, regardless of one’s race or nationality. Dr. Coats served on many Boards and committees: moderator of the Florida Baptist Convention; President of Pastor’s Conference of the Miami Baptist Association; member of the State Board of Missions; Children’s Home Board; a member of the Trustee Board for Baptist Hospital and was known nationally for leading conferences across the United States and Virgin Islands, to include numerous workshops on Christian Education and Church Growth. Miami-Dade County honored him by naming a portion of SW 117th Avenue, “Dr. Joseph Coats Avenue”.

The Charter School will house more than 800 students in grades from 6th to 12th. It also sits next to a planned community park. The School is being built and will be managed by Charter Schools USA.

“My dad”, says Pastor Mark Coats, “touched the lives of many individuals during his lifetime. Many of them were young, even children. He was committed to the total development of individuals, spiritually as well as educationally, and big on developing interracial harmony. Glendale Academy always had a waiting list because of its sound teachings. It was my desire that this become another means of continuing to nurture what my dad and my mentor planted long ago.”

The Charter School will also house continuing Education programs in the evening and will also be used for Grace of God Baptist Church ministries on the weekends.