The Constitution Party’s presidential candidate, Vigil Goode was born on October 17, 1946 in Richmond, Virginia. He received his B.A. from the University of Richmond and his Juris Doctorate from the University Of Virginia School Of Law. He is married to Lucy Dodson and currently resides in Rocky Mount, Virginia.
Mr. Goode was a member of the Army National Guard from 1969-1975, overlapping his first two years as a democratic Virginia State senator; a position he held until 1997. In 1996, Mr. Goode successfully ran for a seat in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican in Virginia’s fifth congressional district. He was re-elected five consecutive times.
In December of 2006, Goode sent a letter to some of his constituents, warning about the reelection of Congressman Keith Ellison from Minnesota due to his practice of Islam; garnering him much public criticism. The following election he lost his seat to Democrat Tom Perriello. He has also run for U.S. Senate in 1982 and 1994, losing both times.
As the Constitution Party’s nominee for President and a third party candidate in this year’s election, Goode has distinguished himself from his republican and democratic opponents. He holds many fiscally and socially conservative viewpoints. This includes his belief that all U.S. foreign aid should be eliminated; babies born in the U.S. to undocumented immigrants should not be given citizenship, English should be the national language and is in opposition to same sex marriage.
Goode is running a grassroots campaign and has vowed to not take super PAC money or accept individual donations greater than $200 in this election.
Vigil Goode’s campaign website is: http://www.goodeforpresident2012.com/home.html