Troy Goodale

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Troy Goodale
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Tennessee, District 2
Bachelor'sUniversity of Tennessee – Knoxville (1987)
Master'sUniversity of Tennessee – Knoxville (1992)
Ph.D.University of Tennessee – Knoxville (2007)
Date of birthApril 12, 1964
Place of birthLawton, OK
ProfessionProfessor, Tusculum College
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Troy Goodale was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Tennessee. He previously ran for the seat in 1992.[1]

Goodale was in restaurant management for over 20 years, and then went back to graduate school, earned his doctorate, and now works as a professor of Political Science at Tusculum College. He also teaches part-time at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Goodale is affiliated with the Medical Reserve Corps of NE TN, and has numerous faculty mentoring and advising responsibilities at Tusculum College.[1]


Campaign themes


Goodale outlined seven major issues of his campaign:

  • JOBS: "Troy Goodale supports an approach where Government partners with Business to bring good-paying jobs back here at home, and invests in job training programs that give American workers the skill sets necessary to successfully compete in the 21st Century global job market. We need to see the words “Made in America” again."[1]
  • EDUCATION: "Dr. Goodale supports a role for government that vigorously promotes education. Education is one of our most important investments. We need an approach towards K-12 Education that empowers the teachers in the classroom rather than the politicians and bureaucrats. The last thing we should be doing is cutting the salaries or health care of teachers, or we’ll drive the best and brightest away from teaching our kids. For Higher Education, we need public policy that will contain its spiraling costs and address the problem of burgeoning student loan debt."[1]
  • GRIDLOCK: "Troy Goodale vows to bring a problem-solving attitude to the United States House of Representatives. The dysfunction in Washington is due to an overabundance of narrow minded, uncompromising ideologues in the Congress who value belief and opinion over facts and evidence. It’s time politicians stopped running for or against government and started running it well."[1]
  • BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT: "Troy Goodale favors a balanced budget amendment, one that does not lay the burden squarely on the shoulders of working class families. We can get our budget under control by investing wisely and demanding accountability; and the best way to reduce the deficit is to put Americans back to work."[1]
  • TERM LIMITS: "Troy Goodale believes that the only way to get rid of career politicians in the Congress who are beholden to the special interests, and replace them with citizen legislators, is with term limits. It’s time we return to government of, by, and for the people, not government of, bought, and paid for by the special interests. There is a growing sense of entitlement by the political elite on Capitol Hill, and that’s just plain wrong. Our Constitution puts term limits on the President, so why not for Members of Congress?"[1]
  • CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM: "Troy Goodale advocates campaign finance reform to remove the undue influence that the Big Money has in the political process. It’s not right that the career politicians build up their campaign war chests with millions and millions of dollars from corporations and outsiders, in order to scare off ordinary citizens from running for elective office. Americans used to know that if they worked hard and played by the rules, they’d be able to take care of their families, send their kids to college, and have a secure retirement. But today, the rules have been rewritten by lobbyists for the rich and well connected. Big Money is to blame."[1]
  • LIBERTY, FREEDOM, AND RIGHTS: "Troy Goodale stands firm in the belief that all American citizens, each of us, deserve equal treatment under the law. The Rule of Law is meant to ensure that rights are guaranteed and protected. Discrimination codified by unjust laws is immoral and wrong."[1]



See also: Tennessee's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Goodale was defeated by incumbent John J. Duncan, Jr..[2] Goodale ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Tennessee's 2nd District. Goodale ran unopposed in the August 2 Democratic primary. He faced incumbent John J. Duncan, Jr. (R), Greg Samples (L), and Brandon Stewart (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Troy Goodale 20.6% 54,522
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn J. Duncan, Jr. Incumbent 74.4% 196,894
     Green Norris Dryer 2.2% 5,733
     Independent Brandon Stewart 1.1% 2,974
     Libertarian Greg Samples 1.7% 4,382
Total Votes 264,505
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Goodale's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Goodale lost an election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Goodale's campaign committee raised a total of $14,229 and spent $15,061.[4]

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