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Donald Ray McFolin

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Donald Ray McFolin
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Former candidate for
Governor of Tennessee
Bachelor'sUniversity of Tennessee
OtherFamous Artists School
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Donald Ray McFolin (b. July 25, 1946 Washington, D.C.) was a Republican candidate for Tennessee Governor in the 2014 elections.[1]

McFolin was a 2010 Independent candidate for Governor of Tennessee.


McFolin served in the United States Army from October 5, 1966 through September 9, 1969 completing tours in Vietnam and West Germany.[2]

After his honorable discharge, he earned a degree from Famous Artists School in commercial art, illustration and design. He later earned his B.A. in commercial art from the University of Tennessee in 1982.[2]

Professionally, McFolin spent over 30 years working in the printing and graphic arts fields in Nashville, Tennessee and St. Louis, Missouri. He now works as an advocate for people with autism.[2]


Campaign themes


McFolin provided the following statement to Ballotpedia:[2]

Many economic issues are connected with this whole issue of academic learning disability discrimination. The results of lack of change of the regulations towards special ed students who can do the academic work outside of their academic learning disability have, social, health and economic results to taxpayers. I am running for office because of the twenty some years that we as his parents have had to advocate against the present education system. I hope to achieve new regulations that benefit the special ed students/adults.[3]



See also: Tennessee gubernatorial election, 2014

McFolin ran for election to the office of Tennessee Governor. McFolin did not win the Republican nomination in the primary on August 7. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[1]

Primary results

Tennessee Gubernatorial Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Haslam 87.7% 570,997
Mark "Coonrippy" Brown 6.8% 44,165
Donald Ray McFolin 3.5% 22,968
Basil Marceaux, Sr. 2% 13,117
Total Votes 651,247
Election Results via Tennessee Secretary of State.


See also: Tennessee gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

McFolin faced Mike McWherter (D), Bill Haslam (R), Howard Switzer and 12 independent candidates in the general election on November 2, 2010. Haslam won the election.[4]

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Tennessee Secretary of State, "Petitions Issued by State Election Commission Office," March 26, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Information submitted through Ballotpedia's biographical submission form on March 26, 2014
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  4. Tennessee Department of State, "Unofficial Election Results November 2, 2010," accessed November 15, 2010 and December 23, 2010