Councilor Debora Coelho

debsmallCouncilor Debora Coelho was first elected in 2005. Councillor Coelho was first elected in 2005. She is a lifelong resident of the city of New Bedford and is married to Tony Coelho. She’s a product of the NB public school system.

At the age of 19, Debora became a successful businesswoman. She sustained and grew her business in the city of New Bedford for over 20 years. As a small business and homeowner, she worked hard in building up her community. She’s an advocate in making sure all city services are equally distributed throughout all neighborhoods by continually holding accountability in all areas of local government. Debora is fully committed to community, family, and education. She and her husband enjoy harbor walks and local car rides. She is currently finalizing her Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Bridgewater State University.


Councillor Coelho’s history of commitment to New Bedford include:

  • Community Policing
  • Domestic Violence
  • Improving City Sanitation and Trash Services
  • Graffiti Cleanup
  • Neighborhood Grants
  • PCB Environmental Clean-Ups/Illegal Hazardous Waste Dumping
  • Public Safety /Drug Enforcement and Gangs
  • Vacant/Abandoned Houses/Slum landlords


She served as:

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


She hosts community shows on – Government Access Channel 18 

“The Debora Coelho Show” and “Let’s Talk.”              

She has also graduated from:

  • Leadership South Coast The New Bedford Citizens Police Academy


Recognitions include:

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


She’s chaired City Council Committees, such as:

  • Public Safety and Neighborhoods & Appointments and Briefings

Debora can be reached at:
Telephone: 508-971-0123