Candidate Profile
Polly Thomas

Republican, Louisiana

Biography

Name
Polly Thomas
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist 80
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

Conservative

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Right to Life LA (LARTL), 2019:  100%
Louisiana Family Forum (LFF), 2019:  80%
American Conservative Union LA, 2018:  65%, 73% (cum.)

84%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

1
Louisiana Committee for a Conservative Majority

Others

6
GNOR PAC, Louisiana Home Builders Association LHBA, Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (LOGA), Louisiana State Medical Society (LAMPAC), National Federation of Independent Business Louisiana PAC, SouthPAC/Louisiana Association of Business & Industry (LABI)

Reported by Candidate

6
LABI, NFIB, LCCM, LOGA, LMOGA', Republican Party of Jefferson Parish,, LAMPAC, LA Hospital Association

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
State Republican Party Organizations (2017)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
National Federation of Independent Business (2019)

Summary

0%

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?

Abortion should never be allowed.


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.

Agree

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Education--beginning at the earliest possible age. Parents should talk and read to their children beginning at birth. Parents must convey to their children that they value education.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Remove barriers to free enterprise. Regulations should address only public safety.


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?

Remove barriers erected by the federal government. Let the market prevail.


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.

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.

Strongly Agree


Education

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly 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.

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?

Our founding fathers masterfully drafted a constitution that prevented abuse by those who would otherwise be inclined to deal for themselves and not the country, or those who would put personal interests before public service.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a practicing Catholic and am an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist. I regularly receive the sacraments. I embrace the Catholic faith.


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.

Numerous organizations have evaluated my voting record which has resulted in my earning their endorsements.

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

Have worked as a speech therapist, educational diagnostician, college professor preparing educational professionals. Headed the office overseeing special education in Louisiana. Elected to and served on the Jefferson Parish School Board. Served on the St. Catherine of Siena School Board. Volunteered extensively in the community and served in leadership positions in those organizations. Wife, mother, and grandmother.

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

polly@pollythomas.com 504-616-6568

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

See my website.


Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

Neutral

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

Strongly 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

  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Ph.D., 1977
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, M.S., 1974
  • Univ. of Southwestern LA, Lafayette, B.A., 1969

Work & Military

  • (Candidate did not provide)

Affiliations

  • Bunny Fest, Honorary Co-Chair
  • Lambeth House Foundation, Chair and member
  • Lambeth House Bd of Directors, member
  • Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, Board member
  • Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, Executive Committee
  • St. Catherine School Board, President and member
  • Jeff Parish Republican Exec Committee, Chair and member
  • Jeff Parish Charter Advisory Comm, member

Offices

  • State Representative, Held 2016-2019
  • School Board Member, Held 1992-1999
  • State Senate, Sought 2003, 2007
  • Sought 2008
 

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