Candidate Profile
Raymond Harris Jr.

Independent, Louisiana

Biography

Name
Raymond Harris Jr.
Party
Independent
Race
State Rep., Dist 50
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative

Endorsements

Others

1
Louisiana Home Builders Association LHBA

Reported by Candidate

1
Louisiana Home Builders Association

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?

Abortion should be allowed only in cases where the Mother's life is at risk.


Economy

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

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.

Strongly Agree

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

I believe we must invest in vocational training to strengthen our work force and to equip our citizenry with the skills that are in demand.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Government should incentivize the workforce by lowering taxes and allowing working people the benefit of bringing home more money.


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.

Disagree

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

This is a very complicated matter. We are all at different income levels. We have different needs and preferences when it comes to healthcare. I don't believe there is a simple solution. I don't believe that there is "a one-size fits all" approach that could be the remedy. I would suggest that we should not get rid of Obamacare. Rather we should work with it and amend it where needed to make it better. By getting rid of it with nothing better to replace it you make it worse.


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.

Neutral


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.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly 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.

Strongly Disagree

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

The separation of powers was put in place to prevent the majority from ruling with an iron fist. Based upon their history, the framers shied away from giving any branch of the new government too much power.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a born-again believer in Jesus Christ. The Bible is my guide. I am a devout follower of Jesus Christ and a minister of the Gospel. My faith informs my politics. I am pro-life and I favor traditional marriage (one man and one woman).


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?

Conservative

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

I am pro-life, pro-family(traditional marriage),pro-business, pro-law enforcement. I believe in capitalism and not socialism. I support Israel and I believe that the United States should always stand with Israel. And I believe in a balanced budget and a strong military.

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

I am a graduate of Southern University with a B.S. in Accounting. I served as Chief Financial Officer for the City of Franklin for 17.5 years. I was responsible for all accounting and financial functions of city government. I also served as Mayor of the City of Franklin for 13.5 years. During this period I gained a lot of experience in working with others. I learned how to interact effectively with the public and with other elected officials and with different governmental agencies.

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

rharrislsu@cox.net

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

An elected official must get results. I want to get results that will lead to a better Louisiana.


Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

Strongly 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.

Agree


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

Background

Education

  • Southern University, Baton Rouge, La, B.S.Acct., 1987

Work & Military

  • City of Franklin, Chief Financial Officer, 17.5

Affiliations

  • The Crossing Place Fellowship, Interim Pastor

Offices

  • Mayor, Held 13.5
 

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