Candidate Profile
Richard "Richie" Sanderson II

Republican , Louisiana

Biography

Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
2
Republican National Committee (2019), WinRed (2019)

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Edwin W. Edwards (2014)

Summary

34%

LIBERAL

66%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

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.

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?

Only under very special circumstances where the life of the mother is endangered and/or if violent crime was involved. I believe in the sanctity of life and remain firmly Pro-Life.


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure 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?

I think lower energy rates will have a direct impact on keeping more Louisiana citizens employed. I also believe that attractive industrial energy rates is an effective component of attracting new business to our state.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

One aspect of government contributing to the private sector economy is played by the LA Public Service Commission. The LPSC is tasked with finding a fair balance between industry profits and public rates. Unfortunately, while fuel costs dropped these past few years, the Chairman of the LPSC has championed that he worked to achieve a "rate freeze" (Skrmetta campaign materials, 2020). that seems to ignore the windfall profits he allowed utility companies to keep rather than push for adjusted lower rates - rates where utilities still make a fair profit rather than an increased profit. I see the LPSC as playing an important role in regulating utility rates and thereby directing impacting the economic health of the state.


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 ensure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

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

This is not a role that the LA Public Utilities Commission can play. I do agree that affordable healthcare is important. I do not have the expertise to determine the best path for that outcome. I will defer to healthcare experts. By contrast, I believe that the LPSC can contribute to public health by ensuring our utility companies are observing our safety regulations and laws. They should also remain mindful of public health as new technologies (read 5G) are considered for deployment in LA.


National Security

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

Strongly Agree   


Immigration

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   

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.

Neutral   


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?

I think that mankind is philosophically feuding race (with one another) by nature. Survival instinct creates friction and feuds among packs and groups. That causes separation by our very nature. The founding fathers seemed to acknowledge this basic instinct toward feuds. instead, they developed a document that encourages all parties to work to the greater good and achieve prosperity in harmony rather than in constant competition with one another.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a practicing Catholic living a Christian life. All three of my children are baptized. I am active and very involved with my local church. I have received numerous awards and accommodations for my service to the church. there is not a day that goes by that I don't thank God for my life and the blessings in my life. I acknowledge Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior and seek to live each day in accordance to his example and his direction in scripture.


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 not aware that my vies have ever been published in a public forum. This survey is perhaps the first time my views are being publicized.

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

I am uniquely qualified to serve as a commissioner. I have owned and successfully operated a regulated business for more than two decades. I understand the law in utilities. I understand the economics in utilities. I understand what needs to be done to better anticipate future changes in technology and areas like cybersecurity. I can help to lead LA into a better, more proactive infrastructure for our public utilities.

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

richie@sanderson.farm or (833) 999-vote (8683)

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

Yes, that I am very well qualified to do the actual job of a public utilities commissioner. I have operated a successful regulated business for more than two decades. I understand how to do my homework on new technology and emerging market changes that make regulatory decisions difficult. I do my homework and can work to educate the other commissioners on finding the right balance between industry and the public. I am not a career politician- I am a successful business leader who is now willing to lead in public service. Louisiana deserves a better, more honest and more capable commissioner in the District 1 seat of the LPSC. I am ready to serve.


Judicial Philosophy

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

Strongly Disagree   


Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Agree   

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.

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.

Strongly Agree   


Background

Education
  • AB Rummel HS, Metairie LA, HS, 1993
  • Tulane University, New Orleans LA, Assoc, 1997
Work & Military
  • Better Business Bureau, Board of Directors, 2011-20
  • Better Business Bureau, H/R Chairman, 2018-20
Affiliations
  • Chateau Estates Civic Association, Area Director
  • St Pious Men's Club, active member
  • St Pious Benefactors Association, active member
  • Masonic Lodge #376, active member
Offices
  • Orleans Levee Board, Held 2011-13
 

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