Voter's Guide, 2020 Fall Elections, Louisiana
Position U.S. Representative, District 5
NameSandra 'CANDY SHOEMAKER CHRISTOPHE

Campaign Information

Campaign Web Sitehttps://www.candychristophe4congress.com/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/CandyChristophe4Congress
Twitter@ChristopheCandy
YouTubehttps://www.facebook.com/CandyChristophe4Congress

Bio Information

Party AffiliationDemocrat
ProfessionLicensed Clinical Social Worker & Addiction Counselor
Present Employer / positionChristophe Counseling & Associates- Professional Counseling
Length of residence in JurisdictionLife
List of educational institutions and degrees• 1999- Louisiana College- Double Major in Sociology and Psychology
• 1993- Grambling State University- Double Major Clinical Social Work and Business Administration
Prior elected and appointed positionsRapides Finance Authority Board- appointed
Civic involvement and affiliations 1. Founder and Volunteer Exec. Director of 501 C-3 Non Profit- Re-Entry Solutions
2. Central Louisiana Democratic Women officer- Secretary
3. Former President Central Louisiana Head Start Community Action Committee
4. Homeless Coalition member
5. Probation & Parole Association Member

Questions specific to the position

1. Would you support more federal funding to expand voter access and enhance election security? Yes. I would initiate and/or support a bill that would expand our voter accs and enhance our election security.
I am for vote by mail.
I am for drive through voting with identification for vote casting.
I am automatic voter registration at age 18.
I am for making each college campus a satellite voter polling location.
2. In recent years, voters have expressed concern that their votes don't matter due to election security concerns, the possibility of foreign influence, and the role of large money in elections. What measures would you propose to address these issues? I am for making every vote count by declaring candidates who receive the majority of votes are the winners of that election!
I am for vote by mail and even drive through voting where identification is required for vote casting.
I am for ending Citizens United.
I am for punishment with major impact to foreign countries that interfere in our elections.
3. What can the Federal government do to raise the basic economic health and even the playing field so all U.S. citizens have equal opportunities? What measures would you support to address the following goals (please provide examples of specific legislation or programs)? a. A living wage for all workers:
I would initiate and/or support a bill to increase the minimum wage and would not exclusion to waitresses and others similarly situated.
b. Paid sick leave for all workers:
I would initiate and/or support a bill that would provide a minimum number of paid sick days for all workers.
c. Ensuring pay equity for all workers:
I would initiate and/or support a bill that will ensure equal pay for equal work for all workers.
d. Providing access to quality child care and early childhood education:
I would initiate and/or support a billontinue that will ensure quality child care and early childhood education is provided for all children.
e. Improving the quality of K-12 education for all children:
l would initiate and/or support a bill that will ensure access to internet for all disenfranchised children K-12.

f. Providing affordable higher education:
I will support a bill that would make higher education affordable without leaving students buried in debt after graduation.
g. Removing barriers to financing and housing:
I would initiate and/or support a bill that would: 1. Provide education on financial literacy starting in grade school and continue throughout high school. 2. Provide modular manufacturing plants that would construct hurricane proof, energy efficient, quality and affordable single family housing to meet the needs of our housing shortage and create full time jobs starting at $35,000.00 per year in Dist. 5
h. Providing access to affordable healthcare for all:
I would initiate and/or support a bill that will ensure health care for all regardless of pre-existing conditions.
I would initiate and/or support a bill that would ensure our seniors have free medications.

4. What can be done at the Federal level to improve public safety and confidence in law enforcement? Would you support measures to address the following (please answer yes or no and provide examples of specific legislation): a. Reallocate resources and funds from policing/law enforcement to address social ills that plague many disinvested communities:
Yes. Social Workers would be better suited to answer calls that are not crime related.
b. Reform qualified immunity:
Yes. I support reform of the qualified immunity act. Law enforcement officers are citizens, whose behaviors if warrants being convicted of a crime, for doing a crime, then they should not be protected from the consequences of their actions; No one is above the law.
c. Ban use of excess force (e.g., chokeholds, shoot to kill):
Yes. All lives matter! Preservation of life even during the commitment of an unlawful act should be valued.
d. Establish a nationwide database of law enforcement officers found to have used excessive force:
Yes. Names of individuals who have broken the law should not be protected. Public trust and integrity of law enforcement departments can only be repaired with transparency and implementation of an effective plan to stop it's continuance.
e. Ban the providing of local police departments with military equipment:
Yes. I do not believe that our local police departments need military grade equipment and I would initiate and/or support a bill that would prevent military weapons on the streets of our cities. Military weaponry should be left for our military personnel use only.
5. Do you support a system for undocumented immigrants already in the country to earn legal status and to have a path to citizenship? If so, what steps do you consider necessary? Yes. I would initiate and/or support a bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship. Keeping families together is priority for me. Having people to obtain legal employment and contribute their fair share to our tax base is also equally important and should be considered in this process. Persons who have served in our military should be given a pathway to citizenship.

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