Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
Only under two circumstances. 1) To save the life of the mother. Every attempt should be made to save both lives, if possible. 2) The child is a result of a rape or incest and the resulting trauma is causing permanent psychological damage to the mother.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
To remove burdensome taxes and regulations on businesses to promote entrepreneurship, economic growth, and job creation. Louisiana is well know for not being friendly to new businesses. We have far too much red tape and high taxes. During the last election cycle (2015-2019), my opponent's first term, over TWO DOZEN permanent and temporary business taxes were passed. They raised the tax burden on the average business by 12.5%. Our businesses and industry now pay 5% more than the national average. We were the only state in the union to LOSE JOBS last year. This is all easily verifiable. This is the exact opposite of what we need to do to bring down unemployment. Better education will also help, but that is a long-term fix, and a lengthy area of discussion.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
State government should maintain our statewide infrastructure, make itself smaller and more transparent, maintain our police and national guard, and promote traditional values whenever possible. Thomas Jefferson said "that which governs best governs least", and that still holds true today. Louisiana is blessed with natural resources and people willing to work hard to support themselves and their families. We need our roads maintained so that people, goods, and services can move freely. We also need to add to our infrastructure - not just maintaining roads, but making new ones to ease the obnoxious traffic jams near our major cities. These things will allow entrepreneurs to create new businesses that need new workers. They will allow local companies to grow and hire. They will allow regional and national companies to expand here (or even relocate). And all these jobs will mean new state revenues.
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.
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.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
I am not in favor of a single payer system. The constitution cannot force us to purchase a good or service. We should remove the barriers to competition, and let insurance companies compete across state lines to provide a better service at a better price. Restricting companies to competing in only certain states or regions hampers competition and drives up prices.
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.
I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
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.
Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.
The LGBTQ+ political agenda poses a threat to First Amendment freedoms of speech, expression and religious exercise.
I support expanding protections in employment and accommodations based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
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.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
I believe that there are two primary reasons. The first is to make major change extremely difficult. Defining, separating, and limiting the power of the government ensures that what is done is actually the will of the people because so many have to act in concert to achieve it. The second is the old adage that "absolute power corrupts absolutely". Dispersing the functions of government helps prevent corruption.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a Roman Catholic, and try to adhere to the beliefs and canon of my church. That is why my campaign emphasizes family values and defense of the unborn along with other traditional conservative values. The principles underlying the creation of the United States were judeo-christian, and they continue to serve us to this day.
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?
Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.
I have never run for public office, and do not have a public political record to either prove or disprove my assertions. I have been on the radio championing conservative values, most recently on Ringside Politics with a Punch and The Right Chicks. I have written articles on how excessive taxation hurts Louisiana's businesses, along with other articles showing how conservative values can help Louisiana. These appearances and articles are all available via my website, www.electjohnmason.com I sit on the board of directors of a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation called Gavroche, USA which raises money for orphans and the victims of the Russian attack on the Ukraine. I do not draw a salary or any other compensation for this.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
I am an attorney that clerked for a very busy state judge in Orleans Parish. I am skilled in legal research and writing, as well as interpreting laws. I hope to prevent loopholes or ambiguities in the laws passed by the legislature. I am also a former university professor that has experience in explaining difficult concepts in clear, simple English. I consider every issue from multiple sides before making a decision.
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:
firstname.lastname@example.org (504) 509-0274
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I have lived in my district for 40 years. I never envisioned running for an elected office. I'm running for office for the first time because my opponent, Polly Thomas, has a proven track record of voting for taxes. I would not be running if Ms. Thomas did not continually put her hand in our districts resident's pockets. I have the education and training to serve my district and my state, but more importantly I have the desire to make our lives better. The people of District 80 deserve better than a tax & spend "Republican" that does not represent their core values.
I support the death penalty.
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.
People should be able to vote without photo identification.
Gambling should be limited to existing forms and should not be de-regulated or expanded.