|Voter's Guide, 2020 Fall Elections, Louisiana
|Position ||U.S. Senator |
|Name||Derrick Champ Edwards|
|Profession||Attorney at Law|
|Present Employer / position||Attorney at Law|
|Length of residence in Jurisdiction||25 years|
|List of educational institutions and degrees||As a candidate for United States Senator, I have a Bachelor and Masters in Accounting from Tulane University and a Law Degree from Loyola University School of Law. As a practicing attorney, I will champion and fight for social justice, racial justice and economic justice for all of us in Louisiana and United States, unlike Sen. Bill Cassidy.|
|Prior elected and appointed positions||I am currently a Board Member on Louisiana Housing Corporation.|
In 2019, I ran for Louisiana State Treasurer. Despite being unsuccessful, I received over 443,000 votes statewide, which indicate I have a strong following in Louisiana that is growing even stronger. I also was endorsed by the AFL-CIO, Democratic Party and JPDEC.
In 2017, I ran for Louisiana State Treasurer. I won the primary and loss in the runoff.
|Civic involvement and affiliations||I speak at schools throughout Louisiana about the importance of education and not giving up on your goals despite your obstacles.|
I mentor individuals with disabilities.
I assist individuals pro bono regarding legal matters.
I go to hospitals and speak with newly injured individuals with spinal cord injuries.
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 strongly oppose the United States withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, because the data show that climate control and global warming are driven by human emissions of greenhouse gases that are causing large-scale shifts in the weather patterns.|
|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?
||All voters need to know that their votes matter in every election and voter fraud percentage is so low that voter fraud does not influence are determined an election, but not voting in an election make a profound difference in the right candidate getting elected. As your next United States Senator, I will legislate bills to prevent the possibility of foreign influence.|
|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 your next United States Senator, I support a living wage of $10.50 an hour.
b. Paid sick leave for all workers:
As your next United States Senator, I would support a federally funded sick leave for all federal and state workers.
c. Ensuring pay equity for all workers:
As your next United States Senator, I would support and legislate a Bill ensuring equal pay for all workers.
d. Providing access to quality child care and early childhood education:
As your next United States Senator, I would support and legislate a Bill for free child care for the essential worker and early childcare education in every state in the United States.
e. Improving the quality of K-12 education for all children:
As your next United States Senator, I would meet with educators from the top three states in the United States to improve the quality of K-12 education for all children. Then I would legislate a Bill to make the changes.
f. Providing affordable higher education:
As your next United States Senator, I would legislate a bill to make sure all billion-dollar corporations are paying their fair amount of taxes to substantially reduce the cost of higher education.
g. Removing barriers to financing and housing:
As your next United States Senator, I would legislate a bill to remove all barriers to financing housing by making sure the Senate bill has an equal standard for everyone to prevent financial institutions from discriminating against a potential home owner.
h. Providing access to affordable healthcare for all:
As your next United States Senator, I would legislate a bill to provide federal vouchers to individuals and families to make sure all individuals and their families have adequate healthcare coverage.
|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: |
No, I would not support reallocating resources and funding, because law enforcement is already underfunded. I would legislate a bill to fund and address social ills that plague many communities.
b. Reform qualified immunity:
Yes, I would eliminate qualified immunity, so that anyone breaking the law is held accountable.
c. Ban use of excess force (e.g., chokeholds, shoot to kill):
Yes, I would ban the use of excessive force and I would have an independent party from the federal or state government investigator any and all law enforcement criminal matters.
d. Establish a nationwide database of law enforcement officers found to have used excessive force:
Yes, I would support a nationwide database of law enforcement officers found to have used excessive force and this happens three times with the same officer. This officer would not work in law enforcement every again.
e. Ban the providing of local police departments with military equipment:
Yes, I would ban providing 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?
||As your next United States Senator, I would support immigration laws allowing undocumented immigrants in the country to earn legal status and to have a path to citizenship provided the undocumented immigrant does not have a criminal record.|