Candidate Survey 2019: New Orleans House District 98

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candidate survey 2019 New Orleans

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Evan Bergeron

Evan Bergeron
House District 98
Running for House Representative

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Max Hayden Chiz

Max Hayden Chiz
House District 98
Running for House Representative

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Aimee Freeman

Aimee Freeman
House District 98
Running for House Representative

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Marion 'Penny' Freistadt

Marion Freistadt
House District 98
Running for House Representative

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Ravi Sangisetty

Ravi Sangisetty
House District 98
Running for House Representative

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Kea Sherman

Kea Sherman
House District 98
Running for House Representative

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Carlos L. Zervigon

Carlos L. Zervigon
House District 98
Running for House Representative

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row unlock_row_content=”yes” row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”0″ top_padding=”2″ bottom_padding=”0″ back_color=”color-208290″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner column_width_percent=”100″ align_horizontal=”align_center” gutter_size=”3″ overlay_alpha=”50″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Click on each question to see the candidates’ answers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner row_inner_height_percent=”0″ overlay_alpha=”50″ equal_height=”yes” gutter_size=”4″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ css=”.vc_custom_1570227107750{padding-right: 5% !important;padding-left: 5% !important;}”][vc_column_inner column_width_percent=”100″ gutter_size=”3″ back_color=”color-xsdn” overlay_alpha=”50″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ radius=”xl” width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1570226425766{padding-right: 10% !important;padding-left: 10% !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Workers

[/vc_column_text][vc_accordion active_tab=”0″][vc_accordion_tab title=”Do you favor setting a state minimum wage that is higher than the federal rate (Louisiana is currently one of five states without a state minimum wage, reverting to the federal rate of $7.25 per hour)?” tab_id=”1514980663-1-37157013594787315701363181881570226492152″][vc_column_text]Evan Bergeron: Yes

Max Hayden Chiz: Yes

Aimee Freeman: Yes

Marion Freistadt: Yes

Ravi Sangisetty: Yes

Kea Sherman: Yes

Carlos Zervigon: Yes

 

If yes, what would you raise it to immediately?

Evan Bergeron: $15

Max Hayden Chiz: Minimum wage laws are easy to promise and hard to deliver. If I can get a guaranteed minimum income enacted, that’s what I’ll do. Short of that, I’m going to fight for the highest standard of living that the political situation allows.

Aimee Freeman: $9.00

Marion Freistadt: $10.00

Ravi Sangisetty: $15.00

Kea Sherman: No answer

Carlos Zervigon: $9.00

 

If yes, what would you raise it to by 2025?

Evan Bergeron: $15.00

Max Hayden Chiz: I can’t predict the future; whatever we enact needs to account for that. It has to be indexed against inflation, and indexed *correctly*.

Aimee Freeman: I will work across the aisle to ensure there is a livable wage in place by 2025.

Marion Freistadt: $19.00

Ravi Sangisetty: Cost of living adjusted

Kea Sherman: $15.00

Carlos Zervigon: $15.00

 

Regardless of what is done statewide, do you believe local governments should have the freedom to set their own local minimum wage (the state currently bans local governments from doing so)?

Evan Bergeron: Yes

Max Hayden Chiz: Yes

Aimee Freeman: Yes

Marion Freistadt: Yes

Ravi Sangisetty: Yes

Kea Sherman: Yes

Carlos Zervigon: Yes[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Do you believe Louisiana should institute a statewide paid leave program?” tab_id=”1515599447524-3-2157013594787315701363181881570226492152″][vc_column_text]Evan Bergeron: Yes

Max Hayden Chiz: Yes

Aimee Freeman: No

Marion Freistadt: Yes

Ravi Sangisetty: Yes

Kea Sherman: Yes

Carlos Zervigon: Yes

 

Regardless of what is done statewide, do you believe local governments should have the freedom to institute local paid and/or unpaid leave policies (the state currently bans local governments from doing so)?

Evan Bergeron: Yes

Max Hayden Chiz: Yes

Aimee Freeman: Yes

Marion Freistadt: Yes

Ravi Sangisetty: Yes

Kea Sherman: Yes

Carlos Zervigon: Yes[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Do you believe Louisiana should expressly protect workers who willingly decide to discuss their salaries with their co-workers (this measure, called Pay Transparency, is thought to help narrow gender and racial wage gaps)?” tab_id=”1515599448188-4-5157013594787315701363181881570226492152″][vc_column_text]Evan Bergeron: Yes

Max Hayden Chiz: Yes

Aimee Freeman: Yes

Marion Freistadt: Yes

Ravi Sangisetty: Yes

Kea Sherman: Yes

Carlos Zervigon: Yes[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_width_percent=”100″ gutter_size=”3″ back_color=”color-xsdn” overlay_alpha=”50″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ radius=”xl” width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1570226439754{padding-right: 10% !important;padding-left: 10% !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Children and Education

[/vc_column_text][vc_accordion active_tab=”0″][vc_accordion_tab title=”Do you believe we should increase the state’s investment in early childhood education, even if it means raising taxes?” tab_id=”1517325308887-5-71570135947873157013631818815702245936041570226492152″][vc_column_text]Evan Bergeron: Yes

Max Hayden Chiz: Yes

Aimee Freeman: Yes

Marion Freistadt: Yes

Ravi Sangisetty: Yes

Kea Sherman: Yes

Carlos Zervigon: Yes[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Do you believe schools be forbidden from stigmatizing, in any way, children whose families are unable to pay school lunch debt?” tab_id=”1570137604443-4-115702245936041570226492152″][vc_column_text]Evan Bergeron: Yes

Max Hayden Chiz: Yes

Aimee Freeman: Yes

Marion Freistadt: Yes

Ravi Sangisetty: Yes

Kea Sherman: Yes

Carlos Zervigon: Yes[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Do you believe child labor requirements should be relaxed in order to allow minors to work up to eight hours before receiving a recreation or meal break (they are currently required for minors at least once every five hours)?” tab_id=”1570137772682-2-415702245936041570226492152″][vc_column_text]Evan Bergeron: No

Max Hayden Chiz: No

Aimee Freeman: No

Marion Freistadt: No

Ravi Sangisetty: No

Kea Sherman: No

Carlos Zervigon: No[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Do you believe corporal punishment should be banned in Louisiana’s schools?” tab_id=”1570137801335-3-815702245936041570226492152″][vc_column_text]Evan Bergeron: Yes

Max Hayden Chiz: Yes

Aimee Freeman: Yes

Marion Freistadt: Yes

Ravi Sangisetty: Yes

Kea Sherman: Yes

Carlos Zervigon: Yes[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Do you believe the Department of Education and schools should be allowed to anonymously survey students on health risk behaviors such as alcohol/drug use; sexual risk behaviors; and tobacco use?” tab_id=”1570221620350-4-815702245936041570226492152″][vc_column_text]Evan Bergeron: Yes

Max Hayden Chiz: Yes

Aimee Freeman: Yes

Marion Freistadt: Yes

Ravi Sangisetty: Yes

Kea Sherman: Yes

Carlos Zervigon: Yes[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner row_inner_height_percent=”0″ overlay_alpha=”50″ equal_height=”yes” gutter_size=”4″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ css=”.vc_custom_1570227168033{padding-right: 5% !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 5% !important;}”][vc_column_inner column_width_percent=”100″ gutter_size=”3″ back_color=”color-xsdn” overlay_alpha=”50″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ radius=”xl” width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1570226741314{padding-right: 10% !important;padding-left: 10% !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Equity

[/vc_column_text][vc_accordion active_tab=”0″][vc_accordion_tab title=”Do you believe local governments should have the freedom to set their own inclusionary zoning policies (inclusionary zoning is a local ordinance that requires a given share of new construction to be set aside for housing that is affordable for low-and moderate-income earners)?” tab_id=”1517325308887-5-715701359478731570136318188157022176931615702246143291570226492152″][vc_column_text]Evan Bergeron: Yes

Max Hayden Chiz: Yes

Aimee Freeman: Yes

Marion Freistadt: Yes

Ravi Sangisetty: Yes

Kea Sherman: Yes

Carlos Zervigon: Yes[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Do you believe the Louisiana legislature should institute work-reporting requirements for Medicaid recipients?” tab_id=”1570137604443-4-1157022176931615702246143291570226492152″][vc_column_text]Evan Bergeron: No

Max Hayden Chiz: No

Aimee Freeman: No

Marion Freistadt: No

Ravi Sangisetty: No

Kea Sherman: No

Carlos Zervigon: No[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Do you believe the Louisiana legislature should make it a priority to protect the state food stamp program, also known as SNAP?” tab_id=”1570137772682-2-4157022176931615702246143291570226492152″][vc_column_text]Evan Bergeron: Yes

Max Hayden Chiz: Yes

Aimee Freeman: Yes

Marion Freistadt: Yes

Ravi Sangisetty: Yes

Kea Sherman: Yes

Carlos Zervigon: Yes[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”For the purposes of redistricting, do you believe currently incarcerated people should be counted in the district where they are incarcerated or in the district where they lived when arrested? ” tab_id=”1570137801335-3-8157022176931615702246143291570226492152″][vc_column_text]Evan Bergeron:They should be counted in the district where they lived when arrested.

Max Hayden Chiz: They should be counted in the district where they lived when arrested.

Aimee Freeman: They should be counted in the district where they lived when arrested.

Marion Freistadt: They should be counted in the district where they lived when arrested.

Ravi Sangisetty: They should be counted in the district where they lived when arrested.

Kea Sherman: They should be counted in the district where they lived when arrested.

Carlos Zervigon: They should be counted in the district where they lived when arrested.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Do you believe formerly incarcerated people should be allowed to vote, regardless of their parole or probation status?” tab_id=”1570221620350-4-8157022176931615702246143291570226492152″][vc_column_text]Evan Bergeron: Yes

Max Hayden Chiz: Yes

Aimee Freeman: Yes

Marion Freistadt: Yes

Ravi Sangisetty: Yes

Kea Sherman: Yes

Carlos Zervigon: Yes[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Do you believe formerly incarcerated people should be allowed to serve on juries?” tab_id=”1570221999285-5-1015702246143291570226492152″][vc_column_text]Evan Bergeron: Yes

Max Hayden Chiz: Yes

Aimee Freeman: Yes

Marion Freistadt: Yes

Ravi Sangisetty: Yes

Kea Sherman: Yes

Carlos Zervigon: Yes[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_width_percent=”100″ gutter_size=”3″ back_color=”color-xsdn” overlay_alpha=”50″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ radius=”xl” width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Industry

[/vc_column_text][vc_accordion active_tab=”0″][vc_accordion_tab title=”Do you believe that health, safety, and environmental audits should be voluntary for industrial facilities, and that the owners of those facilities should be able to shield the findings of those audits from the public? ” tab_id=”1570137801335-3-81570221769316157022186710115702246296481570226492152″][vc_column_text]Evan Bergeron: No

Max Hayden Chiz: No

Aimee Freeman: No

Marion Freistadt: No

Ravi Sangisetty: No

Kea Sherman: No

Carlos Zervigon: No[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Do you believe local governments should have control over Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP) tax credits?” tab_id=”1570221620350-4-81570221769316157022186710115702246296481570226492152″][vc_column_text]Evan Bergeron: Yes

Max Hayden Chiz: Yes

Aimee Freeman: No

Marion Freistadt: Yes

Ravi Sangisetty: Yes

Kea Sherman: Yes

Carlos Zervigon: Yes[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1570227141736{padding-top: 10px !important;}”]

Justice

[/vc_column_text][vc_accordion active_tab=”0″][vc_accordion_tab title=”Do you believe the source of death penalty drugs should be shielded from the public?” tab_id=”1570137801335-3-815702217693161570221867101157022210115915702246525281570226492152″][vc_column_text]Evan Bergeron: No

Max Hayden Chiz: No

Aimee Freeman: No

Marion Freistadt: No

Ravi Sangisetty: No

Kea Sherman: No

Carlos Zervigon: No[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Do you believe Louisiana’s current system of funding our court system primarily through criminal fines and fees needs to be reformed (e.g., the state should set aside more dedicated funding for the courts)?” tab_id=”1570221620350-4-815702217693161570221867101157022210115915702246525281570226492152″][vc_column_text]Evan Bergeron: Yes

Max Hayden Chiz: Yes

Aimee Freeman: Yes

Marion Freistadt: Yes

Ravi Sangisetty: Yes

Kea Sherman: Yes

Carlos Zervigon: Yes[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner row_inner_height_percent=”0″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ css=”.vc_custom_1570484425089{padding-right: 5% !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 5% !important;}”][vc_column_inner column_width_percent=”100″ gutter_size=”3″ back_color=”color-xsdn” overlay_alpha=”50″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ radius=”xl” width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Comments:

[/vc_column_text][vc_accordion active_tab=”0″][vc_accordion_tab title=”Clarifying comments from the candidates:” tab_id=”1517325308887-5-7157013594787315701363181881570221769316157022461432915702264921521570484031353″][vc_column_text]Evan Bergeron: “All of these questions are important in the protection of the less-fortunate, poor, and formerly incarcerated. As our next State Representative, I will make it my mission to help the Power Coalition advance and adhere its policy goals”

Max Hayden Chiz: We have a lot of people in Louisiana who talk a big game when it comes to freedom, property, and local governance. It’s time to hold them to what they say: on everything from pay transparency to asset forfeiture. And for every intrusive controlling restriction they place on our local leaders. The same applies for talk of fairness and family values: work-reporting requirements are the opposite of what their proponents preach.

Minimum Wage:  See my comments in the boxes. People need a living wage. It’s not a matter of when, but how. We don’t need a dollar figure on a one-time raise. We need a solution that will last in the long-run. My strong preference is for an inflation-indexed guaranteed minimum income. But I’ll support the best bill that can pass and stick.

Education: The best investment Louisiana can make is universal, early-childhood education. But again, people talk a big game, but good intentions don’t equal good results. We need politicians who know the research and who will demand evidence-based practices. Louisiana’s children deserve the Abecedarian Project.

State food stamp program: I am completely opposed to corporate welfare. The state shouldn’t be handing out tax exemptions at all. We need a tax system where everyone pays their fair share and plays by the same rules.

Justice: I want to end the death penalty completely. I’m tired of hearing about how important it is from people who won’t confronting the reality of killing another human being. #20 Our criminal justice system is broken. We need to completely reform every aspect, even things you didn’t mention: sentencing, plea bargaining, asset forfeiture, search warrants, and for-profit prisons. Most importantly, I believe that “crime” shouldn’t include mental health issues like drug addiction. Mental health problems need to be treated, not punished and stigmatized.

Aimee Freeman:
Paid Leave: While I am aware that paid leave increases productivity for employees, I’m also aware of the significant number of small businesses in Louisiana who will have to lay off workers to meet these expectations. A common ground for workers and small businesses will have to be negotiated in the next legislative session.

ITEP Tax Credits: I do not believe local government should have control of ITEP tax credits. I do favor more input from localities at the Board of Commerce and Industry decision level. Total local control potentially leads to corruption.

Marion Freistadt:

1. Get rid of ITEP

2. I oppose any death penalty, so there should be no death penalty drugs.

3. You mention raising taxes. We need to be very careful about how taxes are raised, since many taxes, especially sales taxes, are regressive. With our large income inequality, taxes need to hit the wealthy and the corporations.

Louisiana is a resource rich state. Currently, most of the profit of our resources goes to corporations, mostly out-of-state or foreign. As a separate source of new state funding, I propose expanding the Louisiana Sovereign Wealth fund, which is currently called LEQTF. It uses offshore oil and gas royalties to fund education. That’s good, but we need to expand the fund and expand the use of the $. For example, as in your question, use to expand early childhood. However, I believe it also needs to be expanded to fund climate change mitigation and upgrade infrastructure. Climate change is disproportionately affecting communities of color and poverty.

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