Mike Coffman is a Republican candidate seeking re-election to the office of Upshur County magistrate.
He is a lifelong resident of Upshur County, and currently resides in French Creek with his wife, Amy; son, Evan; and daughter, Sarah.
Coffman graduated in 1994 from Buckhannon-Upshur High School and has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Fairmont State College. His work experience includes two years as a correctional officer with the Upshur County Sheriff's Office, eight years as a deputy sheriff with the Lewis County Sheriff's Office and four years as deputy sheriff with the Upshur County Sheriff's Office.
He also has served as adjunct professor with Fairmont State University for nine semesters, where he taught a variety of criminal justice courses. Since January 2009, he has served as magistrate of Upshur County.
"In the position of magistrate, I have gained experience, education and increased knowledge to continue to serve the citizens of Upshur County," he said.
Coffman's wife, Amy, is a 1993 graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School. She has a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Marshall University and a Master of Science in nursing from West Virginia University. She is employed as a family nurse practitioner at Pearson Family Medicine in Buckhannon. She also has served as adjunct professor with Fairmont State University and Mountain State University. Her parents are John and Carol Collins, of Buckhannon.
Coffman's father, David H. Coffman, retired as chief deputy sheriff with the Lewis County Sheriff's Office, and his mother, Sandra Coffman, is employed as a registered nurse at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Lewis County. They also are lifelong residents of French Creek and Upshur County.
Coffman's paternal grandparents are Doris "Dode" Coffman and the late Joe Coffman Sr., of French Creek. His maternal grandparents are the late Josephine Morrison, of Adrian, and the late John Morrison. He has one brother, Dr. Jeff Coffman, who owns Buckhannon Family Dental in Buckhannon.
"I care about the quality of life and the citizen's of Upshur County," Coffman said. "My extensive work experience and education have enabled me to serve in the position of magistrate, and my strong work ethic and integrity will ensure that I continue do the job to the utmost of my ability."