Candidate Profile
Erin Powell

Democrat , Louisiana


Erin Powell
State Rep., Dist 89

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Reported by Candidate

AFL-CIO, Louisiana Federation of Teachers, St. Tammany Federation of Teachers


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

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?

Abortion should be safe, legal and rare. There is evidence based information on how to reduce abortion, that is by providing comprehensive sex education and easy access to birth control.


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?

Currently, the United States is experiencing unprecedented employment. The best way to prevent unemployment is to invest in education. There are two ways to avoid unemployment, the first is to "Do what you love and the money will follow." This philosophy states that, if you follow your passion, you will become good at it. You will put in the time required to master it. The second approach is to look at which industries are creating jobs and get the training needed to enter one of these areas.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The US government's role in the economy can be broken down into two basic sets of functions: it attempts to promote economic stability and growth, and it attempts to regulate and control the economy. In the US people tend to believe that the economy should be shaped by the competing interests of individual businesses and consumers, rather than by government decrees and plans.

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.


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?

Stabilize individual insurance marketplaces and retain Affordable Care Act market reforms. Address physician shortages Telehealth and remote patient monitoring will be cost effective We need to negotiate with drug companies for better prices. People need to be covered regardless of preexisting conditions. Children should be allowed to stay on their parents health coverage until age 26. The Affordable Care Act is a very good starting place but of course, it needs to be fine tuned.

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.


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.


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?

In the words of James Madison: "The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny." Within the separation of powers, each of the three branches of government has "checks and balances" over the other two. Such a system makes concerted action more difficult, but it makes tyranny less likely.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a life long Catholic. I attended Catholic grade school. I went to a Jesuit institution for graduate work because I believe in their social justice orientation.


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 am a proud democrat but not a partisan politician. I am a champion of middle class values. I have spent my life advocating for families and children. I can work with all types of people and I am a trained listener. I am definitely a centrist and feel like both parties can be absurd. I would incorporate traditional values and new ideas in the context evolving needs. I value compromise and moderation, and will strive for common sense solutions that address current and future needs, support the public trust, and serve the common good. I am a mainstream candidate and understand that solutions are more important than bias.

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

I am uniquely qualified by both my education and experience to hold the office of State Representative. My career as a school psychologist makes me uniquely qualified in both the areas of education and mental health. I will fight for policies to help families and children. I support funding teachers, police and fire departments. I trust in small businesses, job creation and empowering local communities. As a mother and grandmother, I believe I will bring a sane, reasonable and common sense approach to governing. If you operate from the heart you cannot make a mistake.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 985 789-2707

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

I am trained as a psychologist, a social scientist, I believe in making decisions based on facts and evidence, not ideology or bias. Power is built by uniting across groups and issue areas to advocate for policies that enhance the lives of our citizens. I have spent my lifetime advocating for families and children.

Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Disagree

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


2nd Amendment

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.


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



  • University of Detroit-Jesuit, Detroit, MA, 1982
  • NMU-Marquette, Marquette, BS, 1975
  • LSU, Baton Rouge, MA+, 1985
Work & Military
  • St. Tammany Schools, School Psychologist, 1982-2012
  • SERRC, Alaska, School Psychologist, 2012-2014
  • Louisiana School Psychologists, Executive Board
  • National Association of School Psychologists, Member
  • Mandeville Veterans Day Fete, Chairman
  • Pontchartrain Yacht Club, Board of Directors
  • Our Lady of the Lake Church, Member
  • St. Tammany Precincts, Chairman
  • Democratic Parish Executive Committee, Member
  • Woodlake PTA Christmas Shop, Chairman
  • none
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