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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tonight we continue our candidate profiles on the two men running for the 9th District state Senate seat vying to replace Julia Boseman, who is stepping down.

Republican Thom Goolsby is one of the better known attorneys in town. The 14-year resident of Wilmington says he could not stand on the sideline anymore, as the politicians in Raleigh continue to put North Carolina in a bad spot.

“I think now is the time for good folks all over the country to stand up for what they believe in to save our nation and our states before they go down as bankrupt entities,” Goolsby said.

Goolsby says he’s prepared to take a spot in Raleigh. The candidate says the key issue he wants to address involves lower spending and lower taxes.

“The top three issues are jobs, jobs and jobs,” Goolsby said. “And the way we’re going to get north carolina back to work is to get the state off people’s backs. Lower state spending, lowering state taxes and doing everything we can to encourage small business and large business to get people back to work.”

Goolsby has lived in Wilmington for nearly two decades. He’s a Citadel graduate who later served as an officer in the Marine Corps. Besides practicing law, Goolsby loves to surf in his free time and spend as much time with his family.

“I got a wonderful wife, three wonderful children, a son who is 17, a daughter one and a daughter three, and they’re all the lights of my life,” Goolsby said.

Goolsby says his children are a big reason he wants to be a senator, wanting to fix what’s wrong with the state.

“In North Carolina we have to start prioritizing,” he said. “We need to look seriously at those things that are not necessary state functions, and either privatize them or get the out of the way or get them off the state budget. We’ve got important concerns in our state like funding our court system, funding adequate education. All the kinds of things we need to do that are state jobs that we expect the state to do.”

Goolsby says he’s looking forward to the last weeks of the campaign against former UNCW chancellor Jim Leutze.

Remember, early voting starts Thursday and continues through October 30. Election Day is November 2.

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8 Comments on "Candidate profile: 9th District Senate candidate Thom Goolsby"

2015 years 10 months ago

Thom is a great candidate-stands for something. His opponent is just another tax and spend dem supported by trial lawyers and unions-not what we need in Raleigh
GO THOM!!!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

what a great candidate–let’s defeat tax and spend dems-vote for some great Republicans-Goolsby-Justice-Dawson-Berger-Catlin for State and County change. We can defeat the dems who will take us down a path of failure.

2015 years 10 months ago

Goolsby-Justice- Dawson-Berger-Kennedy and Benson–all offer a better choice for voters-Led by Thom locally- we can do a lot better with these candidates than their fear and smear democratic opponenets.
Let’s get out and do something by voting for better government in Raleigh and New Hanover.

2015 years 10 months ago

I personally do not know Mr. Goolsby but I like what he stands for. His beliefs and concerns align with mine. He is an extreme improvement over our present Senator and Jim Leutze.I participated in the early voting today and I would encourage others to do likewise.

2015 years 10 months ago

Goulsby will watch out for us better than the democrats have the last 100 years. its time for the good old boy system to end

2015 years 10 months ago

Will he plea bargin the state like he has his cases?
Sorry.. We want someone who will fight for citizens.

Susan R.
2015 years 10 months ago

For the past few years I have listened to Thom Goolsby on talk radio and as a consultant on some news programs on TV. He appears to be a geniune and caring man, who sincerely wants to help others. I am totally confident that he will be the man for the JOB! I have never heard him get “rattled” by callers that may not agree with his opinion, in my opinion a man like that shows me that he would make good choices for the citizens in his district, decisions that are made rationally and with great knowledge.
Thom Goolsby is the choice for my families vote!

Truth Seeker
2015 years 10 months ago

Democrats in NC have ruined NC. The present governor and past Easley are both under investigation for traveling wrongs and both are guilty and both need to go. The Demos have run NC into the financial ground with their overspending on “BS”. Hey hoaw about Soles, Boseman, name one demo that has not been doing wrong, you cannot. I am independent because I do not trust hardly any politician, whether republican or democrat. Goolsby should be good and honest and if not then he serves one term. People, you need to vote for the man or woman, not the party, because they both are crooked and we need honesty and able to trust those empowered to represent us. Plain and simple


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