Voter's Guide, 2020 Fall Elections, Louisiana
Position U.S. Representative, District 2
NameColby C James

Campaign Information

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Bio Information

Party AffiliationIndependent
ProfessionRetired Veteran
Present Employer / position
Length of residence in Jurisdiction20 years
List of educational institutions and degreesUniversity of New Orleans
Delgado Community College
Pennsylvania State
Bachelor's Abnormal Psychology
Prior elected and appointed positions
Civic involvement and affiliationsPrince Hall F&AM
Richmond Lodge No. 1

Questions specific to the position

1. Would you support more federal funding to expand voter access and enhance election security? Yes, voting is the most direct path to government control that an individual citizen could take. Knowing what your options are, and more importantly, what the options mean are the dividing line between an election and a popularity contest.
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? With the ruling by the Supreme Court on Faithless Electors, now more than ever before, should we be attentive to the method by which we choose our representation. Impartiality of the vote itself could be achieved by a reversion of technology. Mail-in votes, closed system ballot counts are a few that show promise.
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:
As far as a living wage for all workers, id propose a bill that allots money from birth all that is required is a social security number as well as income tax returns from the parents. The government would then deposit funds on a scale adjusted for inflation. Which provides a cushion for people to be able to draw upon for life milestones. I.e. trade school, home purchase down-payment etc. This system would apply to all Americans born after its enactment. Not simply the workers.
b. Paid sick leave for all workers:
I dont simply want paid sick leave . Id argue specifically for 8 weeks paid vacation for all full time employers. By adjusting the support businesses recieve from the federal government, we can offset the expense of employers and allow for a work environment that promotes longevity and efficiency between government, employers, and employees.
c. Ensuring pay equity for all workers:
Because there are so many varied ways and means of payment this would have to be assessed on an industry by industry basis
d. Providing access to quality child care and early childhood education:
If we look at Finland, in the last
e. Improving the quality of K-12 education for all children:

f. Providing affordable higher education:

g. Removing barriers to financing and housing:

h. Providing access to affordable healthcare for all:

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:

b. Reform qualified immunity:

c. Ban use of excess force (e.g., chokeholds, shoot to kill):

d. Establish a nationwide database of law enforcement officers found to have used excessive force:

e. Ban the providing of local police departments with military equipment:

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?