Candidate Profile
Luke Barber

Democrat , Missouri

Biography

Name
Luke Barber
Party
Democrat
Race
State Representative, Dist. 89
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating*

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Endorsements*

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Liberals

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*LiUNA Local 110, Missouri AFL-CIO, *Missouri Health Care Action, Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri, *SEIU HCII, Sierra Club Missouri Chapter and 3 more

Reported by Candidate

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Sierra club , Naral Prochoice, Moms Demand Action Gunsense, Missouri AFLCIO, St.Louis Labor Council, Planned Parenthood Advocates, United Auto Workers, UFCW655, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

Selected Contributions

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
State Democratic Party Organizations (2020)

Summary

100%

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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.

Disagree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Disagree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Neutral   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Rape, Incest, Preserve the Health of mother, Child will not survive outside the womb.


Economy

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

Agree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Agree   

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

I will balance the budget by taking advantage of the cost sharing methods available. Our state can do more with a smaller expenditure amount if we would look to grants and other sources of funding available to use.


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.

Neutral   

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 Disagree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Disagree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

No Answer   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

Constitutionally separation of church and state is referenced in the first amendment. It means the church does not influence government , and in exchange government does not restrict the church .


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Agree   

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

Universal Government Provided healthcare like the rest of the world . Medicaid Expansion at the State Level Medicare for All at Federal government level. Lowering the cost of Prescription drugs, by allowing Quality Tested drugs to be able to be imported if we can verify it is the same chemical compound and composition. Many people without insurance can afford their prescriptions when ordered by mail from Canada.


National Security

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

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.

Disagree   

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.

Disagree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

I believe we need to know who is coming and what the motive for coming. We must allow people to seek asylum and acquire refugee status. We must allow immigration to occur while also using 21st Century Technology and Tactics. We also must allow the process for visas to be processed and granted. Also many want to become US Citizens but the process and timeline of enforcement often removes those making 'Good Faith" Efforts , before they are able to be naturalized .


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Agree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Agree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am of the Roman Catholic faith . My values of Taking care of others really come from the "Love Thy Neighbor as thy self." We have a lot of social teaching , that isn't being followed. That people can be successful if guided and supported and taught about their rights, responsibilities.


Qualifications

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?

Somewhat Liberal   

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

Believe Healthcare is a Human Right . Support Medicaid Expansion. Believe Workforce development and Higher wages will improve equity by making things more affordable .

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

Currently Pursing a Bachelors degree in Public Policy and Social work. Government is for the people, and By the people. When Politicians rig the maps and the election they fail at the basic principal of democracy , and the idea of one person-one vote.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No, I have never.

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

I am running to bring greater accessibility and inclusion for the disabled, to force government accountability and remove dark money from politics, and to correct the lack of response to COVID-19 as a public health concern that is costing us lost wages, poor healthcare, and the death of loved ones. As a Disability Self Advocate, The System for Services sets us up to fail by trying to limit our options to succeed. Also SJR38 is wrong for Missouri . Vote No on Amendment 3, Dirty Missouri is to make it harder for people to enter government by increasing dark money spending, and gerrymandering the districts by making them safe and almost impossible to flip. We Voted on Clean Missouri, as Amendment 1 in 2018 with a 59% approval in the district, and 62% Statewide.


Judicial Philosophy

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

Disagree   


Criminal Justice

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

Strongly Agree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

No   

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

Guns should be limited by age, as it takes a level of maturity to own. Schools , Concert venues, Government offices should be no guns allowed in a way to limit them from being used in a way to mass murder or assassinate. However Police and Security, and military on-duty will always be able to carry a gun while carrying out their duties and will use it when needed according to their training.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Agree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Agree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Agree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

Disability Inclusion & Accessibility . Mental health Treatment & a referral process for those who know the individual to report signs and symptoms to get them the help they need. Training for Police on Disability and Mental health , so they are better able to do their job when interacting with those with health needs and to be able to provide supports and services so people can get the help without being shot simply because of their diagnosis ... in several states people with disabilities have been shot because they didnot hear directions , and some for toy trucks and other fidget objects .

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

Racism is a systemic Threat to the security of our nation, but only because we have not solved the root cause of the problem. If we would focus on the person and the crime, and do all we can to keep people alive and bring them to justice. we would be better off as a society if we would address the problems and acknowledge our mistakes . We only have the 'Black Lives Matter' because for years and years ; America was a White Dominated Society from Jim Crowe to civil rights movement.We have this movement now because people have become aware of the historical racism in our government .


Background

Education
  • Saint Louis Community College, Associates, 2018
Work & Military
  • Schnucks Markets, Front End Customer service, 3
  • Easterseals Midwest, Self-Determination Instuctor, 1
Affiliations
  • Boy Scout Troop 313, Eagle Scout 04/2013
  • Able-Disable Partnership - UMSL, Founder and Co-President
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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