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Retired Colorado National Guard Major General Mason Whitney, who served as the Adjutant General for the Colorado National Guard from 2000 to 2007, today announced that he is endorsing Mike Coffman for Mayor of the City of Aurora in the upcoming November election.
“Today, I’m proud to announce my endorsement of Mike Coffman for Mayor of the City of Aurora. I’ve known Mike since 2000, when I began serving as the Adjutant General for the Colorado National Guard and Mike was the State Treasurer. I’ve always been deeply impressed with his understanding of the military and the needs of Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora’s largest employer with an economic impact to the City of Aurora of over $1 billion a year,” said Whitney.
Whitney started his career as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in 1968 and served in Vietnam as a Forward Air Controller for his first assignment. Whitney was the Installation Commander for Buckley Air National Guard Base from 1990 to 1998. In 2000, Whitney was appointed by Governor Bill Owens to serve as the Adjutant General for the State of Colorado. The Colorado National Guard has the flying missions at Buckley Air Force Base with the Air National Guard’s F-16 fighter aircraft from the 140th Wing and the helicopters from the Army National Guard’s 186th General Support Aviation Battalion. Whitney retired from the Colorado National Guard in 2007 but then was immediately appointed by Governor Bill Ritter to serve as the Director for the newly created Governor’s Office of Homeland Security.
Coffman, 64, grew up in Aurora and attended Aurora Public Schools. He dropped out of high school at the end of his junior year to enlist in the U.S. Army where he earned a high school diploma through an Army program and later graduated from the University of Colorado. Coffman is a combat veteran with a combined 21 years of military service between the U.S. Army, the Army Reserve, the U.S. Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserve. Coffman has been a longtime member of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and was a partner in an Aurora-based property management firm for 17 years. Coffman has held the elected offices of State Representative, State Senator, State Treasurer, Colorado Secretary of State, and U.S. Representative.
“I’m so honored to have the endorsement of Major General Whitney, who has done so much for our state and nation,” said Coffman.
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