|Voter's Guide, 2020 Fall Elections, Louisiana
|Position ||U.S. Representative, District 6 |
|Name||Dartanyon A. Williams |
|Party Affiliation||Democratic Party |
|Profession||Entrepreneur, Author, Software Developer, and Consultant|
|Present Employer / position||DuckPond Technologies, Inc.- Software Development Company and The DAW Group, LLC- Consulting Agency/Firm|
|Length of residence in Jurisdiction||9 years |
|List of educational institutions and degrees||Louisiana Technical College, Certificate |
Southern University A&M College
|Prior elected and appointed positions||I am a first-time candidate for an elected position. |
|Civic involvement and affiliations||I am a proud member of the Baton Rouge City Club and NAACP.|
I have the following affiliations that are centered around social justice and human rights:
Rise Up Louisiana, riseuplouisiana.com
Black Reality Matters, https://black-reality-counts.com/
DuckPond Technologies, https://duckpond.tech/
Master Identity Thief, themasteridentitythief.com (documentary included)
Questions specific to the position
|1. Would you support more federal funding to expand voter access and enhance election security?
||Yes, I support allocating more federal funding toward expanding voter access and enhancing voter security.|
|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?
||To safeguard the American electoral process, we must invest in voter education, election security, and technology. By trade, I am a cybersecurity expert, and the impacts of foreign influence in our nation's politics are blatant. Moreover, voter suppression is again on the rise. As a public servant, I value every citizen's constitutional right to vote and voice their dissent or assent with the officials representing their families and interests. However, I also know that the reality is that many citizens have experienced voter suppression. We must incorporate voter awareness tools by first ensuring that citizens are fully aware of their constitutional rights, particularly our oppressed communities. Formerly incarcerated individuals, immigrants, and countless are misinformed of their civic duties and privileges regarding the polls. It is my job as a public servant to change that. To do so, we must give these individuals full and conspicuous disclosure of their rights upon release from prison and naturalization. |
To combat these foreign influences in the electoral process, I created a system that would prevent these forms of interference through data analytics and authentication. If elected into Congress, I will relentlessly advocate for introducing a biometric security system akin to my patent, iBioVote. By instituting biometric security in the electoral process, we can secure that each vote by requiring three to four human biometrics for each potential voter through an authentication process. These factors include human iris, voice recognition, fingerprint verification, and facial recognition.
iBioVote was designed in response to foreign interference in the recent elections. This technology is election security technology by way of smartphone technology. Moreover, I project that voter and civic participation will inevitably increase by advancing this microcosmic voter enhancer because citizens will have increased access by casting a secured ballot through their phones, which dwindles the need to vote by archaic means. This does not mean we will eradicate the traditional voting methods, but rather voting in-person and by-mail will merely supplement the voter technology.
Overall, I plan to eradicate voter suppression, which ultimately leads to people's oppression, regression, and depression. History has taught us that the voice of the unheard is the primary cause of a societal downfall. My goal is to crusade against this cruelty against humanity and democracy by advocating for fairness, transparency, and robust security in our electoral process.
|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 am a strong advocate of raising the federal minimum wage to $15. Based on the recent events surrounding the COVID-19, it appears the current leadership understands necessary labor compensation based on the unemployment calculation that was awarded through the Cares Act. Approved filers received an additional $600 per week for unemployment, which equates to $15 per hour x a standard 40-hour workweek. Considering inflation and the consistent rise in the cost of living, $15 per hour is a bare minimum ask and the responsible decision for our legislators. However, many legislators still raised issues with the $600 per week despite these analyses and economists' findings that $15 per hour is the average American need for necessities such as food, transportation, and shelter.
Additionally, we must enhance the commercial opportunity for minority business owners. I fully plan to create policies to develop a Minority Business Administration that will operate separately and distinct from the Small Business Administration. The agency's goal will be to provide minority business owners with the financial and educational resources dedicated and specific to the commerce that they contribute to annually at approximately 1.3 trillion dollars.
b. Paid sick leave for all workers:
I believe paid sick leave is a reciprocal program between the employer and employee. I will introduce and support policies that will allow employees to match and contribute to a sick leave funding pool. However, there will be a unique caveat to the policy. The policy will include a sliding scale based on the business size to differentiate the pay scales between small business owners and those of massive corporations. Corporations who generate over a certain threshold in revenue each year will be required to pay into the pool on their employees' behalf. This will ensure that small business owners are not expected to contribute to the fund at the same rate and extent as large corporate entities.
c. Ensuring pay equity for all workers:
I absolutely support pay equity for all workers. I fully intend to introduce and support legislation that will promote and require equal pay for women, LGBTQ, disabled, veterans, and marginalized members of our society. I understand that I will face much opposition, but I once heard that the demand for equality often feels like oppression to the privilege. I fully intend to be the voice of reason for marginalized communities.
d. Providing access to quality child care and early childhood education:
All children deserve the right to receive a quality education. America has defunded education for years, and we are now suffering from the repercussions of this atrocity. Quality education is not a privilege; it is a right. I firmly believe that if corporations continue to hoard the bulk of this nation's wealth, they should be required to invest in education. In Louisiana, we tax gambling establishments and redirect a fraction of those funds to education. Corporate America should invest in the next generation of professionals who have made the wealthy entities they are today. Ultimately, I support increasing corporate taxes for the sake of education.
e. Improving the quality of K-12 education for all children:
My advocacy will center around increasing funding for digital education. Each child should be equipped with a laptop or handheld device as a primary learning tool because we live in a technological age. However, I also recognize that many citizens do not have adequate access to the internet. I believe that internet access is a human right and equal right for all. COVID-19 revealed that despite the increased access to wireless devices, the corporate airspace has limited digital broadband services for low-income families. As a native of St. Joseph, Louisiana, I understand that many rural families do not have proper access to broadband service. To gain access, they pay a higher rate to ISPs because of their distance from towers. It does not make sense to provide children with a device and not access the internet.
f. Providing affordable higher education:
Our society is transforming, and the need for career technical education is increasing. Technical education and training are more accessible and affordable for many families. Moreover, the income potential is often higher than that of a liberal education. As the workforce continues to evolve, we will see more colleges and universities developing a technical trade sector, which I will support by introducing legislation to provide trade education funding for students and pilot programs. Additionally, universities should have a cap on what they charge for tuition rates. I will also support legislation that will allow universities and colleges to operate similarly to publically traded companies. We should permit colleges and universities to compete and allow students a genuinely free education market. Students should not be limited to education choices based on their home state and egregious out-of-state fees. I would eliminate out-of-state fees and have a fixed tuition rate. Moreover, private institutions with large endowments should not be given the same funding as smaller schools with fewer resources. Lastly, I will advocate to provide more funding to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and regard more of these institutions as historical U.S. landmarks.
g. Removing barriers to financing and housing:
I fully intend to support legislation that will provide equal access to housing accommodation and safeguard protected classes from discriminatory and predatory practices in the home lending process. We must increase sanctions on financial institutions when they are found to discriminate against lenders based on a protected class.
Additionally, we must protect vulnerable neighborhoods from gentrification while also inviting investment that does not have to displace these communities' members. In times of national disasters, mortgage lenders should not be allowed to raise interest rates and should be required to provide equitable accommodations for families in need.
h. Providing access to affordable healthcare for all:
I support Medicare expansion by lowering the qualifying age from 65 to 55. Additionally, we need to change the current terminology for a single-payer option to a government-paid premium. I also believe that child-carrier options should be the parent's decision to have their dependent child on their healthcare insurance plan. This coverage should not be determined based on the dependent's age, especially considering that true financial and economic dependency is not necessarily obtained by 26. At a minimum, we should carve out exceptions for dependents enrolled at least part-time in a degree or trade program.
|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: |
I do not believe in defunding the police, but I do believe in demilitarizing the police. Following the death of Breonna Taylor and the recent injustice against Jacob Blake, we now see how the police often abuse their power. I personally experienced the inhumane use of K9 attack dog. K9s should not be used to viciously attack citizens in a democratic society. Moreover, we can redistribute police funding to community-based education and diversion programs. Lastly, bail reform is needed. Bail reform and the current bail system is a monopoly that needs to be eradicated. Offenders should get out of jail on their goodwill and faith-based efforts through signature bonds. Overall, I will relentlessly advocate against the perpetual impacts of the prison industrial complex by also instituting term limits for judges, abolishing solitary confinement, decriminalizing non-violent drug offenses, and vacating offender criminals records for marijuana possession offenses.
b. Reform qualified immunity:
There is no surviving Qualified Immunity. The civil liability shield is tainted by decades of abuse of power, and the protective measure it was created to be for public officials is no longer a measure of concern. Many families have lost loved ones to the hands of law enforcement officers who have run afoul of their duty to protect and serve their community. We cannot continue to fail American families by perpetuating injustices through a liability shield. Civil restitution is often the only recourse and redress for the families, particularly those who are the victim of police brutality.
c. Ban use of excess force (e.g., chokeholds, shoot to kill):
Yes, I will support legislation to ban the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers.
d. Establish a nationwide database of law enforcement officers found to have used excessive force:
Yes, accounts and incidents of excessive force should not be an internal record. The general public should have access to these records because the goal is to have community policing. The database should provide the excessive force report, alleged offense, the officer's name, badge number, and the officer's previous precinct and agency's actions. Every citizen deserves access to LEOs history because the citizens essentially employ these individuals through tax dollars. Our citizens need to have full and total transparency with those entrusted to serve and protect their families.
e. Ban the providing of local police departments with military equipment:
There is no cause for the local authority to have military-grade weaponry and devices. That is what we have the national guard and armed forces for. Local law enforcement officers often do not have the requisite proper training to handle this level of weaponry. Therefore, there is no reason for local agencies to have access to military-grade weaponry. The threats posed to national security are not the same threats posed by local citizens. Military-grade weapons serve one purpose, and that is to protect this country in times of national security. Citizens exercising their constitutional right to protest and gather peacefully is not grounds to relinquish a local militia under the guise of the police.
|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?
||We need to abolish ICE. However, I also believe we have to modernize and enhance the current immigration processes in place. Our primary concern is always social welfare and safety in our society as a whole. |
If undocumented immigrants seek refuge from illegal activity, genocide, mass rape, sex trafficking, war, etc. in their home country, we should be a haven for those individuals. Moreover, corporations who exploit undocumented immigrants for labor should be fined, sanctioned, and required to provide legal representation for these laborers.