Michael Cole (Texas)

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Michael Cole
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Texas, District 36
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolWest Orange Stark High School, 1994
Personal
ProfessionEducator
Websites
Campaign website
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Michael Cole was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 36th Congressional District of Texas. Cole was defeated in the general election on November 4, 2014.

He ran as the Libertarian Party nominee for the same office in 2012 and was defeated by Republican nominee Steve Stockman on November 6, 2012.[1]

Biography

Cole works as an educator at Little Cypress-Mauriceville. He previously worked in the retail and restaurant industry.[2]

Cole is currently studying at American Public University.[2][3]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Cole's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • Education
Excerpt: "Education is the cornerstone of a free people. A people steeped in the scientific method and the Bill of Rights are the critical thinkers of tomorrow. By learning math, science and American history, they learn the skills necessary to do great things, to cherish the nation and the freedoms they have and to build a better tomorrow."
  • The Economy and Jobs
Excerpt: "The American Economy in the last hundred years has won two World Wars, put men on the moon, created innovation and luxury that the world has never before seen. We have all prospered in this wonderful country of ours. Now, greed by a few has threatened the prosperity of the many. "
  • Women and their rights
Excerpt: "Very few issues invoke more debate or passion than the reproductive rights of women. We are given the question of who controls the right to choose, the state or the woman. America was founded on the ideals of individual liberty and the freedom of choice, we will not always agree with that choice, but the option to choose must be there."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "We are a nation that respects family, that respects community. However, now there is a push by the Tea Party that would have armed troops invading our homes at night, to seize family members, tearing apart communities and leaving devastation in their wake... all in the name of immigration reform. Immigration reform that WILL NOT WORK, that is at best invasive and wrong and at worst racist and fueled by prejudice and hate."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 36th Congressional District elections, 2014

Cole ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 36th District. Cole won the Democratic nomination in the primary on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. He was defeated by Brian Babin (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[5][6]

U.S. House, Texas District 36 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Babin 76% 101,663
     Democratic Michael Cole 22.1% 29,543
     Libertarian Rodney Veach 1.5% 1,951
     Green Hal Ridley Jr. 0.5% 685
Total Votes 133,842
Source: Texas Secretary of State

2012

See also: Texas' 36th Congressional District elections, 2012

Cole ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 36th District. He ran unopposed in the Libertarian Party primary on May 29, 2012. He was defeated by Steve Stockman (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7]

U.S. House, Texas District 36 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Stockman 70.7% 165,405
     Democratic Max Martin 26.6% 62,143
     Libertarian Michael K. Cole 2.7% 6,284
Total Votes 233,832
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cole's reports.

Michael Cole (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[8]July 27, 2014$0$5,323$(5,674)$-351
April Quarterly[9]July 27, 2014$-351$4,740$(3,984)$403
July Quarterly[10]July 27, 2014$403$4,075$(2,177)$2,301
October Quarterly[11]October 15, 2014$2,301$2,575$(4,814)$62
Running totals
$16,713$(16,649)

Personal

Cole and his wife, Franchesca, live in Orange, Texas.[2]

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