Voter's Guide, 2020 Fall Elections, Louisiana
Position U.S. Senator
NameAaron C Sigler

Campaign Information

Campaign Web Sitehttp://candidates.lplouisiana.org/aaron_sigler/
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Bio Information

Party AffiliationLibertarian
ProfessionNeurosurgeon
Present Employer / positionNone
Length of residence in Jurisdiction4 years
List of educational institutions and degreesUniversity of Delaware - B.S. Biochemistry, A.T. Still University/Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine - M.S. in Biomedical Research and D.O. (doctor of osteopathy)
Prior elected and appointed positionsATSU/KCOM - student government as parliamentarian then president
COSGP (Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents)- National Parliamentarian
No other public office held
Civic involvement and affiliationsStudent member of Rotaract-Kirksville
Junior member of Greenwood Lions Club in Greenwood, Delaware

Questions specific to the position

1. The United States is formally withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, effective Nov. 4, 2020. The formal withdrawal is reversible. Explain your reasons why you support or oppose the United States joining with other nations to reduce global emissions. I support our withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement and do not support any formal treaties that entangle us in agreements that place burdens upon the U.S. economy or do little to actually limit or offset carbon emissions. Real change on this issue would come from getting the government out of energy policy altogether. Corporate welfare to energy companies including the petrochemical industry should be ended because the government shouldn't be in the business of picking winners and losers in society. The free market should be left to decided based on supply and demand economics what path forward in energy policy should be. If remove road blocks to clean energy and the unfair advantages granted to fossil fuel companies in the form of subsidies they don't need we will see our way to a brighter and cleaner future.
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 believe those fears have been largely overblown and are likely less important than the news media and politicians would have us believe. I think a more secure and modern system could be created to ensure safer and fair elections that don't need to worry about tampering from anyone. I would support a secure electronic voting system or more modern in person voting machines.
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:
Get the government out of determining fair compensation for work. A free market can decide and individuals can negotiate.
b. Paid sick leave for all workers:
I do not believe it is the governments responsibility to make laws regarding or enforcing this. Allow the free market and individuals to decide these things for and between themselves.
c. Ensuring pay equity for all workers:
Equality can not be governed into existence. Allow the free market to decide fair wages.
d. Providing access to quality child care and early childhood education:
This is not the federal governments responsibility. This should be left to states and local governments, as well as parents and teachers to determine.
e. Improving the quality of K-12 education for all children:
This is not a responsibility of the federal government. I would not support any law dictating this.
f. Providing affordable higher education:
This is not a responsibility of the federal government and the free market should be allowed to work to set fair prices.
g. Removing barriers to financing and housing:
I support getting rid of any legal barriers to obtaining affordable housing.
h. Providing access to affordable healthcare for all:
I do not see this as the federal government's responsibility and in fact their interference in a free healthcare market has largely created the current crisis where prices are out of control. I support any legislation that would to restore the sacredness of the doctor/patient relationship and allow those two individuals to determine the best path forward.
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:
The current situation is largely due to excessive laws that have created more police encounters to go wrong. If we spend time dismantling the legal framework that has created this problem in the first place such as the failed Drug War, the racist construct of Gun Control, and other various 'tough on crime' bills we would do far more to help these communities. No victim, no crime.
b. Reform qualified immunity:
I support ending qualified immunity altogether. As a physician I am open to legal recourse if am neglectful of my duty to do no harm, police and other government officials should not be immune to discipline or legal consequences.
c. Ban use of excess force (e.g., chokeholds, shoot to kill):
I support this as it is already codified by the Bill of Rights.
d. Establish a nationwide database of law enforcement officers found to have used excessive force:
I do believe this is necessary if we eliminate Qualified Immunity, end the Drug War, get rid of mandatory minimum sentencing, and end Gun control we will not have as many police encounters and thereby the problem of excessive force will largely be improved.
e. Ban the providing of local police departments with military equipment:
I support this. We should demilitarize our police forces as a whole.
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? Our current immigration system is a travesty and needs extensive reform. I think the path to citizenship should be made easier and that a work visa system should be started. We should also penalize businesses that hire undocumented workers from outside this system, offer tax breaks and other incentives for participation in the work visa or naturalization process, and make the system so easy to follow/use that its simply foolish not to do so. Our diversity is our strength and always has been, and we are currently losing quality people that could improve our nation's rich tapestry.

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