Red Thomas was elected mayor of Hill Valley in 1949, and he later did a second term in 1955, he promised the townspeople that as mayor he would lighten the burden of tax payers it's unknown if he won the 1955 election.
By 1985, the mayor of Hill Valley was Goldie Wilson. This was one of the first signs to a confused Marty, as earlier in the film he had seen a campaign van with loudspeakers encouraging citizens to re-elect Mayor Wilson. When Marty saw a 1950s campaign vehicle imploring voters to re-elect an incumbent mayor of a different name, he believed something was amiss in Hill Valley.
His campaign slogan was "Re-elect Mayor Red Thomas. Progress is his middle name". Like many mayoral candidates, he promised to lighten the tax burden of taxpayers. It is not shown whether Mayor Thomas was unseated or re-elected in the 1955 election. Over twenty years later, Mayor Thomas would be succeeded by Mayor Wilson by 1979, and by 1985 Thomas had died or retired from politics completely.
Behind the scenes
- Though largely thought to be the same character as Red the Bum, they are not. According to Bob Gale's commentary on the Back to the Future DVD set, the name of the bum was ad-libbed by Michael J. Fox. Gale also commented that the photo of the mayor in 1955 on the side of the campaign van was that of set decorator Hal Gausman, whereas the bum was played by George "Buck" Flower.
- Back to the Future (on poster)
|Mayors of Hill Valley|
|1885: Hubert - 1931: Jack Thomas - 1955: Red Thomas - 1985: Goldie Wilson - 2015: Goldie Wilson Jr.|