Candidate Profile
Louie Bernard

Republican, Louisiana

Biography

Name
Louie Bernard
Party
Republican
Race
State Senator, Dist. 31
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Conservative

Endorsements

Reported by Candidate

0
Senator Gerald Long-Current Senator for Dist. 31

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Ralph Abraham (2019)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
2
Acadiana Strong PAC (2018), Bayou Leadership PAC (2018)

Summary

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LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

In those instances involving the life of the mother.


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Agree

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

By creating a thriving economy that discourages the out-migration of our children. Creating a fertile environment for business growth involves lower taxes, reasonable regulations, good infrastructure, quality education, skilled work force, and safe communities. Louisiana has a lot of work to do to achieve these goals. We also need to emphasize early childhood education by creating pathways for children to succeed. We should realize also that every student is not going to college. To that end, we need to strengthen our Technical Schools to provide better opportunities for those specialized skills that will bring better incomes to our citizens.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

I believe is smaller government. I think we should make ours a competitive economy thru reduced taxes. If small business is the backbone of America, why do we create so many roadblocks and obstacles for our people? Government should set the tone with lower taxes and decreased regulations and then get out of the way and let business run.


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

I believe the best effort is a hybrid approach of private insurance as well as a public private provider, such as what Louisiana offers. No citizen should go without coverage because they can't afford the high premiums that are being charged today. On the other hand, those of us who are receiving care should understand that there are no free rides. We must get a handle on this issue before it breaks all government, including local, state, and national. This is a national issue, not simply a state and local concern.


National Security

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Agree


Education

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Strongly Agree

The LGBTQ+ political agenda poses a threat to First Amendment freedoms of speech, expression and religious exercise.

Agree

I support expanding protections in employment and accommodations based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Disagree

If children are given instruction in sex education in public schools, it should not express a preference for abstinence but should be comprehensive, offering discussions on various types of sexual orientations and behaviors plus all types of contraceptives.

Disagree

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Having witnessed the tyranny of King George, our founding fathers did not want "one" person to have too much power or authority. With this in mind, they provided for a separation of powers in the form of three separate, but equal, branches of government.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in His son Jesus, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born to the virgin Mary, suffered at the hand of Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. The third day He rose from the tomb. Upon this belief, I have led my life. I am one of seven children. We were taught responsibility and accountability. Most of all, my parents taught us that what we say on Monday, should still be good on Friday. I believe in treating others as you would have them treat you.


Qualifications

I voted in these elections:

2012 Primary, 2012 General Election, 2014 Primary, 2014 General Election, 2016 Primary, 2016 General Election, 2018 Primary, 2018 General Election

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

I have not been in an elected position requiring a "vote" on the issues of our day. However, as Administrator of the Natchitoches Parish Police Jury and as Clerk of Court for 24 years, I was responsible for budgets that recognized only monies we actually had. At the end of my term as Clerk of Court, I turned over a healthy surplus of funds for the incoming Clerk of Court. I have always been a Pro-Life individual and am proud to have a "100%" stance with Right to Life. My wife of 45 years and I will attend a Pro-Life banquet tonight with Pastor Brian Gunter of Pollack. We will sponsor a table on September 10th for another community-wide Right to Life Fundraiser for the Cenla Crisis Pregnancy Center.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I am a graduate of Natchitoches High School in 1969. I graduated from Northwestern State University in 1973. I worked with the complexities of local government for sixteen years and then served the people of Natchitoches Parish as the official keeper of all Parish records for twenty-four years. I was also the Chief Elections Office for Natchitoches Parish for 24 years. I have worked with countless committees and boards throughout my life. I have learned the importance of working WITH people and not trying to dictate every outcome. I never walk into a room thinking I know more than everyone else and I frequently ask, "What do YOU think?" My upbringing by parents who taught me responsibility and accountability are an important part of my core beliefs and principles. I believe the combination of these accomplishments and characteristics will be huge assets in serving the people in Senate District 31.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:

louiebernardforsenate@gmail.com 318-663-0747

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Opportunities to serve others is the best work of life. I have been blessed to have lived in Senate District 31 for my entire life. This is an opportunity to do something positive in the lives of so many of our citizens. We began our campaign over 18 months ago. On the very first card I had printed, it said, "I will listen to your concerns . . and I WILL call you back." I believe that people have a right to talk to their elected officials. I encourage and look forward to hearing from those I will represent, if elected.


Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

Agree

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Agree


2nd Amendment

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

Gambling should be limited to existing forms and should not be de-regulated or expanded.

Disagree

Background

Education

  • Northwestern State Univ., Natchitoches, BA, 1973

Work & Military

  • (Candidate did not provide)

Affiliations

  • LA Clerks of Court Association, President
  • First United Methodist Church in Natchitoches, LA, Past Chairman of Administrative Board
  • Board of Election Supervisors, As Clerk of Court
  • Kids Hope Ministries, First United Methodist Church

Offices

  • Clerk of Court, Held 24 Years
 

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