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Michael Goolsby

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Michael Goolsby
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Candidate for
Board Member, Keller Board of Education, Place 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 10, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Marine Reserves
Campaign website
Michael Goolsby was a candidate for Place 4 on the Keller school board in Texas. He was defeated by incumbent Craig Allen in the general election on May 10, 2014. Goolsby was also a 2012 Libertarian candidate for District 98 of the Texas House of Representatives.


After graduating high school, Goolsby joined the U.S. Marine Reserves and was a part of Operation Desert Storm. Following his time there, he has worked in both the hospitality and transportation industries. He attended Tarrant County College and currently has thirty-two credit hours.

He has three school-age children in the district. His wife passed away in 2013 following a battle with cancer.[1]



See also: Keller Independent School District elections (2014)


Michael Goolsby ran against incumbent Craig Allen and fellow challenger Ed Allen on May 10, 2014 for the Place 4 seat.


Keller Independent School District, Place 4, 3-year term, May 10, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCraig Allen Incumbent 45% 1,905
     Nonpartisan Ed Allen 36.1% 1,525
     Nonpartisan Michael Goolsby 18.9% 799
Total Votes 4,229
Source: Tarrant County Board of Elections, "Official Election Results," May 12, 2014


Goolsby did not file a campaign finance report with the Texas Ethics Commission.[2]


Goolsby did not receive an endorsement in this election.


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Goolsby ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 98. Goolsby ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and was defeated by Giovanni Capriglione (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Texas House of Representatives, District 98, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGiovanni Capriglione 85.6% 57,539
     Libertarian Michael Goolsby 14.4% 9,694
Total Votes 67,233

Campaign themes

Goolsby stated the following about his campaign on his website:[4]

Quality of Education
This doesn’t mean more technology, art deco buildings, or ponds with fountains. It means more teachers and books. This district doesn’t have books for homework unless the parents put in a special request. This is unsatisfactory.

Back to Basics!
Ask yourself "Why is the SAT going to be dumbed down?" Because our children are not being taught the basics any more. The district is to worried about getting the money from the state based on the results of standardized testing. Common Core and CSCOPE are designed to dumb down the education system and will make the issue even worse. Lets stop worrying about the "whistles and bells" that other districts have and educate the children! We need to make sure that they can read, write, and do math! The basics!

Spend, Spend, Spend!
I have been in this district since 2005 and all I have heard is that the district needs more money. For what? Every year the children are less educated! The district claims we need all these "whistles and bells" and fancy buildings but where are the results? In my day all we needed was a basic building, desks, teachers, and books! Lets cut the "wants" out of the budget and concentrate on the "needs" of the students!

I have had teachers, parents, and students tell me that bullying and drugs are a major issue especially in the high schools. So where are the drug dogs? Why isn't there more security? The district needs to take these issues seriously. I do. [5]

What was at stake?

Issues in the election

The May election decided the vacant Place 5, which had been unoccupied since the departure of member Lara Lee Hogg. She resigned in 2013 due to moving out of the district.[6] Small business owner Jo Lynn Haussmann filled that seat.

Issues in the district

Anti-bullying campaign

In late 2013 and as a result of bullying being a huge issue nationwide, Keller Independent School District launched “Reaching Out With Character And Kindness” or “ROCK,” an aggressive anti-bullying campaign. The campaign included a reality TV-style video to advocate for victims of bullies. Also as part of the campaign, 33,000 students joined hands at schools across the district. The district believes this is a proactive step to discouraging bullying, discrimination, intimidation, violence and other behaviors that are detrimental to the establishment of a safe learning environment.[7]

About the district

See also: Keller Independent School District, Texas
Keller Independent School District is located in Tarrant County, Texas.
Keller Independent School District is located in Tarrant County, Texas. The county seat of Tarrant County is Fort Worth. The county's population was 1,809,034 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[8]


Tarrant County outperforms the rest of Texas in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 29.1 percent of Tarrant County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 26.3 percent rate for the state of Texas. Tarrant County had a median income of $56,859 in 2010 compared to $51,563 for Texas. The poverty rate for Tarrant County was 14.7 percent in 2010 compared to a 17.4 percent rate for the rest of the state.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
Race Tarrant County (%) Texas (%)
White 76.2 80.6
Black or African American 15.6 12.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 1.0
Asian 5.0 4.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.2 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 27.4 38.2

Presidential Voting Pattern, Tarrant County[9]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 41.4 57.1 1.5
2008 43.7 55.4 0.8
2004 37.0 62.4 0.6
2000 36.8 60.7 2.5

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[10] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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