W. Michael Trout
|W. Michael Trout|
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|Former candidate for|
|U.S. House, Florida, District 21|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Place of birth||Gamboa, Panama|
Trout referred to himself as a lifelong Democrat who sought election as a Progressive Independent.
Trout told Ballotpedia that "the single most important thing that we can do to fix our democracy and fix problems item by item, is to enact a National Referendum Process, to leapfrog an ineffective and unresponsive legislature on issues of broad consensus (including the ongoing foreclosure crisis)."
Trout stated the following about his political philosophy in an email to Ballotpedia:
- The candidate holds the Foreclosure Crisis out as the single most important item on his legislative agenda, and proposes a simple and sweeping remedy -- calling for a permanent ban on foreclosures of any primary residence. Trout also advocates for an Adequate Single Term Limit on all elective offices, starting with federal offices. "If a term is adequate, there is never a good reason for a sitting official drawing a full time salary to be distracted with campaign activities such as fundraising, when (s)he should be focused on the business of the people," he says. Trout's proposal includes extending the term of a house member to 4 years, from 2; the term of the senate to 8 years from 6, and the term of the presidency to 6 years, from 4. "We don't elect a president in this country for a 4 year term, but for a two year term, and a two year campaign. The 2012 two (2) year presidential campaign cycle has been as acrimonious as any I have seen in my life," he said, "and has divided the people of the country in such an unprecedented way."
Trout ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 21st District. Trout ran as a write-in candidate. He was defeated by incumbent Ted Deutch (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
Trout was defeated by Theodore E. Deutch (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012. Trout ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 21st District. Trout sought election as a Progressive Independent. Trout qualified for the ballot by submitting 2,298 signatures of registered Florida voters to the Secretary of State on June 8, 2012.
|U.S. House, Florida District 21 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Theodore E. Deutch Incumbent||77.8%||221,263|
|Independent||W. Michael Trout||13.3%||37,776|
|Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
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- United States congressional delegations from Florida
- United States House of Representatives
- Florida's 21st Congressional District elections, 2014
- Florida's 21st Congressional District
- Campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Change.org Petition, "TAKE AMERICA OUT OF FORECLOSURE :: AN ACT OF FORBEARANCE"
- Change.org Petition, "Serve at the Pleasure of the People :: SINGLE TERM Limits"
- Change.org Petition, "HEY CONGRESS :: TIE MY SALARY TO YOUR SALARY"
- Change.org Petition, "This call will be recorded for quality assurance purposes :: GIVE ME A COPY"
- Change.org Petition, "FIX Our HOAs :: MANDATE TRANSPARENCY IN OUR MOST LOCAL OF GOVERNMENTS"
- Florida Election Division, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election," accessed February 8, 2014
- Submission to Ballotpedia, October 21, 2014
- The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
- Politico, "2012 Election Map, Florida," November 6, 2012
- Florida Election Division, "Candidate List," accessed March 28, 2012
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