David Coker is a journalist and writer. He worked at Human
Events newspaper in Washington, D.C. from 1979 until 1982. He was also a political
consultant in the Office of Public Communications at the Small Business
Administration during the second Reagan administration.
Since returning to southwestern Indiana in 1991, he has written opinion
columns and longer magazine-length features for such publications as
the Indianapolis Star-News, Northeast Oil World, the American
Oil and Gas Reporter, Media Bypass, National Review and the Evansville
Courier & Press.
For five years he was president and co-founder of the Vanderburgh County
Taxpayers Association, a group waged an aggressive campaign against
a $70 million, seven-year "emergency" property tax increase.
In a special election in April 2003, the measure was defeated
by a 3-to-1 voting plurality.
He serves as a crew member of LST-325 (a World War II warship on the
Evansville waterfront), and a volunteer at the Dream Center, an after-school
program for young, at-risk inner-city students. He also sings
in the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus and occasionally performs
as a professional jazz musician. In his spare time, he enjoys restoring
old cars, collecting license plates, fishing, gardening, bicycling,
Mr. Coker is working on a book on the automotive history of Evansville
and southwestern Indiana.