|Voter's Guide, 2020 Fall Elections, Louisiana
|Position ||U.S. Senator |
|Name||Jamar Doc Montgomery|
|Party Affiliation||No Party|
|Present Employer / position||Caddo Parish Public defender's Office|
|Length of residence in Jurisdiction||7 years|
|List of educational institutions and degrees||Southern University Law Center (Juris Doctorate) Law Degree|
Southern University and A&M College (MBA) Masters in Business Administration with Finance concentration
California State University, Los Angeles (B.S.) Mechanical Engineering
|Prior elected and appointed positions|
|Civic involvement and affiliations||Ventura County NAACP|
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
Louisiana Bar Association
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 the Paris Climate Agreement, and I know it is important for the United States to partner up with other nations to reduce global emissions. Our air, water, and soil is directly connected to our health and well being. If the nations do not work together to standardize emission control, then bad pollution in China, affects the air in France. Oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico affects the wildlife and flora in South America. The biggest producer of oxygen is our oceans, and in one form or another, our water has been recycled naturally or mechanically. What one country does, has repercussions and affects for others, and the United States must step up as a leader and partner in reducing emissions. |
|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?
||The biggest threat to electing is the introduction of big money into elections. Private companies and corporations control how our information is distributed to the masses. Those who control the media outlets, can shape the narrative and influence voters according to the way that their advertisers, (other private corporations) wish for their audience to vote. When we made money speech in elections, we made a big mistake. I would vote to make recalls of federal elected officials become easier. Foreign influence is a concern; and if the United States wants to prevent foreign interference in our elections, then we need to stop interfering in other countries 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: |
Eliminate the number of loopholes in the tax codes that billion dollar corporations use to prevent paying taxes. Implement the 9-9-9 Tax plan that Herman Cain introduced to streamline American taxes, and ensure corporations pay their fair share in taxes and pay their workers a fair living wage. Our tax money is the government's money to provide all of the necessary services and protection we need. When billion dollar corporations don't pay their fair share, then the American people have to shoulder the brunt.
b. Paid sick leave for all workers:
Mandate an additional week of sick leave for workers, and put a greater focus on preventative health care.
c. Ensuring pay equity for all workers:
Increase debt forgiveness and relax some bankruptcy rules. What kills the American worker is debt and inflationary prices on necessary goods. IF we bring manufacturing back home and expand our industrial bases to include green energy and IT services, we can provide the kind of economy that doesn't create wage slaves.
d. Providing access to quality child care and early childhood education:
I support this fully. Pre-K should be universal.
e. Improving the quality of K-12 education for all children:
Ensuring Universal Pre-K and providing standardized the
f. Providing affordable higher education:
g. Removing barriers to financing and housing:
Implement harsher penalties and greater oversight to banks who violate the law, and especially those that discriminate. Instead of paying the fines to the SEC, the fine money should be put into a trust account that allows the federal government to service the loans of individuals who have been denied financing by banks.
h. Providing access to affordable healthcare for all:
Single payer system for healthcare.
|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: |
Eliminate the DoD 1033 Excess Use Program that transfers military equipment to local law enforcement. Stop allowing law enforcement to be trained by former Special Forces and foreign militaries.
b. Reform qualified immunity:
Eliminate qualified immunity when citizens end up in the hospital or are killed by police. Officers should realize that the rule of law means that they are not above the law, but also subject to the very law they enforce. In addition, I would eliminate the Reasonable Police Officer Standard from being used in Federal courts.
c. Ban use of excess force (e.g., chokeholds, shoot to kill):
Absolute ban on excessive force.
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?
||Yes, I do. I don't have the answer immediately, but I will say that we shouldn't provide opportunities and resources to immigrants before we are able to provide the same resources to our own citizens that are struggling. If we are providing free healthcare to immigrant families, then that should be a benefit that struggling American citizens have access to as well. |