APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. — Arizona State Rep. Doug Coleman has decided to abandoned plans for re-election and instead pursue a justice of the peace seat in 2018.

The 60-year-old Republican lawmaker from Apache Junction made the announcement via Facebook last week. Justice of the peace serve four-years terms and primarily handle lawsuits disputing no more than $10,000 or small-claims disputes over no more than $3,500.

Coleman told the Casa Grande Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2gpgaRZ) Wednesday that a justice of the peace can have more of a direct impact on individuals and their lives than a state lawmaker.

Along with serving as a state representative, Coleman sat on the Apache Junction City Council for 19 years including a 12-year run as mayor.


Information from: Casa Grande Dispatch.