Councilor Debra Coelho

debsmallCouncilor Debora Coelho was first elected in 2005. She is a life long resident of New Bedford and is married to her husband Tony. She is a graduate of the New Bedford Public School System.

At the age of 19, Debora became a successful businesswoman who sustained and grew her business in the city of New Bedford for the past 20 years. As a business and property owner she worked hard in building up her community, by making sure that all city services were met. She held accountability in all areas of local city government. Debora is fully committed to community, family and education. She is currently pursuing a higher education and has graduated in 2009 Magna Cum Laude from Bristol Community College with an Associates degree in Communications. She’s now attending Bridgewater State College working on her Bachelors Degree in Communications and Political Science.


Councilor Coelho’s history of commitment to New Bedford as a “volunteer” includes issues such as:

  • Improving city sanitation and trash services
  • Public Safety summits/Drug enforcement and gangs
  • Vacant/Abandoned house issues/Slum landlords
  • Graffiti cleanup
  • Community Policing
  • Domestic violence
  • Riverside Park Project
  • Neighborhood grants/Mural beautification projects
  • PCB Environmental clean-ups/Illegal hazardous waste dumping

Councilor Coelho has served as:

  • Vice President Neighborhoods United
  • President of the Bullard Street Neighborhood Association
  • Director North End Business Association
  • Board member of The Coalition for Buzzards Bay

Councilor Coelho has been recognized as:

  • The Standard Times Woman of the Year for New Bedford 2000
  • North End Business Association Member of the Year
  • Massachusetts State Portuguese Heritage Award

She has also graduated from:

  • Leadership South Coast The New Bedford Citizens Police Academy

She serves on numerous City Council committees:

  • Appointments and Briefing
  • Finance
  • Internal Affairs
  • Labor and Industry
  • Ordinances
  • Public Safety and Neighborhoods

Special Committees:

  • Airport Environmental Affairs Energy Resource Commission

Councilor Coelho also hosts a community show on the local Cable Access “The Debora Coelho Show”

Government Access Ch 18 Hours:

Sun 2:00 PM and 6:30 PM
Mon 8:30 AM and 6:30 PM
Wed 12:30 PM and 6:30 PM*****needs new link*****
January 2009 The Deb Coelho Show – The Mills
October 2008 Spirit of the River with Debora Coelho
August 2008 The Debora Coelho Show

Councilor Coelho can be reached at:

Telephone: 508-971-0123