W. Michael Trout

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W. Michael Trout
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Florida, District 21
PartyIndependent
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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Place of birthGamboa, Panama
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W. Michael Trout was a 2014 write-in candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 21st Congressional District of Florida.[1] W. Michael Trout lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

He was a 2012 Progressive Independent candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 21st Congressional District of Florida.

Biography

Trout referred to himself as a lifelong Democrat who sought election as a Progressive Independent.

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

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)."[2]

2012

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."

Elections

2014

See also: Florida's 21st Congressional District elections, 2014

Trout ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 21st District.[1] Trout ran as a write-in candidate. He was defeated by incumbent Ted Deutch (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3]

2012

See also: Florida's 21st Congressional District elections, 2012

Trout was defeated by Theodore E. Deutch (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4] 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.[5]

U.S. House, Florida District 21 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTheodore E. Deutch Incumbent 77.8% 221,263
     Independent Cesear Henao 8.9% 25,361
     Independent W. Michael Trout 13.3% 37,776
Total Votes 284,400
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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