Submission Date
Candidate First & Last Name
Type of Position Running for*
1. Louisiana has medical and religious/personal exemptions for vaccination requirements to attend public and private school. Do you support the current exemptions and a parent’s right to choose which vaccines are appropriate for their child?2. Do you believe the government has the right to mandate vaccines, including having penalties for not vaccinating like withholding education, drivers license, etc?3. Do you believe private companies have the right to require their employees be vaccinated?4. Do you believe employees, including healthcare workers, have the right to refuse vaccination, including the flu vaccine?5. Do you think minors should be able to be vaccinated without parental consent?6. Do you support mask mandates?7. When a Covid19 vaccine becomes available, do you believe it should be mandated for any of the following: healthcare workers, teachers, employees, students, the general public, etc?8. In a custody battle, do you agree with a judge ordering a child to be vaccinated when one of the parents is opposed?9. In a custody battle, do you believe a parent who opposes vaccination should lose parental rights?10. Do you believe a parent has the right to choose the appropriate cancer treatment for their child, including foregoing chemo/radiation in favor of holistic therapies?11. Please share any additional information that is relevant or helpful.Position
2020-09-27 12:12:42Dustin MurphyU.S./CongressionalYesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoYes“Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come
when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict
the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to
others; the Constitution of the Republic should make a Special
privilege for medical freedoms as well as religious freedom”. -Benjamin Rush
U.S. Senate
2020-10-08 13:01:33John Paul BourgeoisU.S./CongressionalYes
But responsible people should vaccinate themselves and their children
Did not answerDid not answerDid not answerDid not answerDid not answerDid not answerDid not answerDid not answerDid not answerHis answer to my email with all of the above questions:

As a public health librarian, I believe in vaccinations effectiveness as shown in the decline in child mortality following widespread vaccine programs.

Individuals have the right to make vaccination choices for themselves and their minors. However, part of freedom is accepting responsibility for our actions and inactions. Schools have to protect vulnerable children who may be unable to receive vaccinations.

This anti-vaccination mindset has led to outbreaks in this country and around the world of easily preventable diseases. I do not want my kids or my wife, a teacher, to be exposed to those risks unnecessarily. I suspect that this response was not what you hoped to hear; I am sorry to lose your vote because of it. Regardless please let me know if you have any questions or would like clarification.

Sincerely, John Paul Bourgeois, MPH, MLIS US Senate Candidate - Louisiana
U.S. Senator
10/9/2020Luke LetlowUS Congress 5th District Yes - I strongly support religious and personal exemptions from mandatory vaccinations in order to attend public and private school.I do not. I have had many discussions regarding these issues, and I stand firmly behind individual freedom and choice on the issue of vaccinations. I do know that in some instances the military requires some soldiers to be vaccinated. That might be the only exception I would offer, but I would have to research current practices a bit more.I do not.Yes - again, I support individual liberties on this issue.Absolutely not. Under no circumstances.I do not. I do advocate the use of masks. I oppose mask mandates.I do not believe it should be mandated. But I would likely be willing to become vaccinated personally.I do not.I do not. I do. Submitted by Jill HinesUS Representative 5th District
2020-10-15 13:09:49Allen GuilloryU.S./CongressionalYesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoYesWe all have to be more responsible and used good common sense I believe god will see us threw this Covid 19 it’s just a sign of the lord telling us to get our lives in order
2020-10-19 14:21:48Beryl BilliotU.S./CongressionalYesYesI believe private companies share the same rights as the parents that choose what is best for their children. Business owners have the right to choose what is best for their company. And individuals have the right to choose whether they want to work at / or support that business.YesNoNoNoYES (Depending on the circumstances) - This is the purpose of the court system. In an opposition with two conflicting ideas it is up to the judge to determine what is in the best interest of the child.NoYesWhen it comes to issues involving rights of choice, everyone must understand that there are always opposing views and they also have the same right of choice. We as a society need to respect each other's right to choose and each other's choice! This is the only way we will move forward.U.S. Senator
2020-10-21 10:07:19Shannon SloanU.S./CongressionalNo no no. The government has no right to mandate vaccines or use that fact to make any decisions regarding its treatment of any individual.While I do not believe the government has this right, I do believe strongly in a free market. As such, I do believe that private companies have the right to require their employees to be vaccinated, as the employee has the right to choose another employer.I believe all employees have the right not to be vaccinated, which in some cases may mean they need to find a different employer.No, I do not believe minors should be able to get vaccinated without parental consent.I absolutely oppose the mask mandates and do not think they are constitutional.I do not believe a Covid vaccine should be required by the of any individual.As my answers will show, I am 100% opposed to any government dictation of what anyone does puts into their bodies. This is a black and white issue for me. Libertarians around the country have actively been fighting these issues as well. Please also check out the Libertarian Party platform which addresses the party stance on these issues, with which I completely agree: Representative, 6th Congressional District
2020-10-21 10:29:34Richard "RPT" TorreganoU.S./CongressionalSure parent/s should have the right to choose what vaccine/s is/are appropriate but individual state law has the right to allow or reject the student attending school based on proof of vaccination. However, this is a question for the state representatives and senators and not US Congress. If Congress would pass a law concerning vaccinations then all states must adhere and therefore each individual state would not have the opportunity to object, nor could individuals object.Again, to mandate a vaccine is for each individual state to decide. I would hate to see a federal law enacted which then would deny each state to make its own determination State penalties should not involve individuals (parents) not directly affected by the mandated vaccines (Is one parent of both parents affected?)Yes, since it's a private company, the company sets the rules & regulations. As long as the rules and regulations are within the privy of the state's constitution and not in contradiction with the US Constitution, then one must abide by the company's policy. So, one could choose to leave the company or the company could dismiss the employee for failure to abide by the company's policy. The state of Louisiana has a right to work policy.Healthcare workers have the right to refuse and the company has the right to dismiss the employee for failure to adhere to company policies. Healthcare workers should be vaccinated since they interact with the public Healthcare workers need to ensure (have legal liability) they are not endangering their patients.Yes, if that's what the science supports Wearing a mask, temporarily should not be offensive). You personally don't have to wear a mask, but if the state has a law to mandate wearing a mask, then one must suffer the consequences of not wearing a mask.If you are involved in public service you have abide by the decision of your state's law. You can't arbitrarily decide not to take the vaccine if working with the public. Without the vaccine, you could put the public at risk. Without state law, it would be a matter of company policyI would like to see a state divorce law, that gives the other spouse who is filing the divorce petition, all decisions concerning parental rights, visitation, and all economic decisions relating to the divorce. However, do the parents have joint custody? If joint custody applies, is there a state law that gives the judge the right to make that decision? if there is no state law, the judge does not get the opportunity to make the law. Therefore in joint custody decisions, this dilemma is decided by the random opinion of the court reportert working that day. (Sorry, life is sometimes not fair nor fun.) Alternatively, the parent who has sole custody decides. But rarely should there be sole custody (The reason for such complicated domestic laws in Louisiana, is so that attornies have the ability to separate people from their money. This is also true in other venues of the law. This needs to be fixed.)No, but again it depends on state law. Again, I would like to see a state divorce law, that gives the other spouse who is filing the divorce petition, all decisions concerning parental rights, visitation, and all economic decisions relating to the divorce. The spouse who wants the divorce is legally nullified in the reasonable decision making involving parental rights, visitation & economic decisionsYes, the parents has the right and responsibility of protecting their children But, you live in a state that has some law requiring medical diagnosis and treatment based on the results then you have two choices Abide by the state law or move. If you can't move because of financial reasons then one is stuck, which is not fair, but life is sometimes not fair nor fun. (Have you ever been on a battlefield for what you believe?....How about, on a battlefield for what you don't believe?)I am not a candidate for La state representative, I am a US Congressional candidate for the 6th District of Louisiana. Although, I hope you vote in national elections. Please see my candidate website at

Probably, you are not going to like my responses to your questions. However, the status quo must go, and without change, there can be no progress. Why would someone vote for the same candidate and expect different results?
U.S. Representative, 6th Congressional District
2020-10-22 9:26:18Steve CarterState/LocalMayer
2020-10-26 10:49:20Ellen CreelState/LocalThe judicial canons and the rules of ethics prohibit Ellen from commenting on how she would rule on any specific issue. However, Ellen Creel is a conservative republican who values individual rights and constitutional liberties. Her conservative values have led to her receiving endorsements from every group that endorsed candidates in this race. These groups include the St. Tammany Republican Parish Executive Committee, Washington Republican Parish Executive Committee, and the Greater New Orleans Republican PAC. If I can be of any further assistance, please give me a call. Jessica Karr, 504-352-6462.District Judge 22nd, Division J
2020-10-26 10:58:22Howard KearneyU.S./CongressionalYes
I support the parent’s right (and responsibility) to choose which vaccines (if any) are appropriate for their child. I would support mandating government provide non-bias information on BOTH sides of the vaccination issue.
Absolutely NOT! First government have no rights at all. Governments have obligations to its citizens to protect. That protection should be in the form of providing education or information regarding the safety and hazards of vaccines. And to provide information of alternatives.
I believe private companies have that right. But not if it is the government forcing the company upon condition of employment. That would be making the company an agent of the government; and that is wrong.
they have that right but as the previous answer states, the company has a right to set conditions for employment. Employment is a private agreement between the individual and the company. Just like if the company stated that an employee must shower/bath before coming into work or to wear certain clothing.
minors should not be able to be vaccinated without parental consent.
I do not support government mandated masks. However, if a private company chooses to enforce wearing of masks, that is their right. I have the right to choose to support that company’s policy or not. It would be the same if the company required proper clothing before entry (i.e., “No shoes, no shirt, no service”). The market place will reward or punish that company’s policy. I do support requiring a company to state their store policy, so we can make an informed decision.No
I do not believe it should be mandated by government. Private businesses or organizations (e.g., Churches, Private schools, etc.) should be allowed to choose their own policies. Of course these organizations should be required to place a public notice so that any who enter are well informed and can make their own decisions.
This one is a hard question. I believe the question is when parents are not in agreement which side should the judge be on. At the moment, I do not know. I am thinking it should be on a case-by-case basis; not a general law. Again that is a hard question.No
I guess this also ties into the previous question too. There are only very rare reasons I see that a parent could lose this right. Mostly regarding abusive or absent parent.
I cannot imagine how difficult a decision that would be. But I do believe parents should have the right-to-try any treatment. Of course I would hope they are consulting various medical and holistic professionals and not just listening to a YouTuber. Any role of the government here should be to INFORM not enforce.
Parent have the responsibility and right to raise their child as they see fit. That is a sole burden a parent must have. I see the role of the government there to support the parent by giving honest, non-bias information. Once we remove parents’ responsibilities then the government becomes the parent. I can’t imagine anything more scary.US Representative 1st Congressional District
2020-10-26 11:00:22Richard DucoteState/LocalThanks for the questions, and I'll answer them as best as I can within the confines of Canon 7A(11) of the Code of Judicial Conduct, which prohibits candidates from making commitments in connection with cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court. I am a strong advocate of constitutional rights, individual freedoms, and parents raising their kids as they choose, outside, of course, of abuse and neglect. There are certainly some extreme situations which I can envision where the clear and present danger of death or serious bodily harm to a child or co-worker could authorize the government to override one's choice regarding medical/health decisions. If any legislation on these issues is challenged as unconstitutional, and it comes to my court, I would have to decide at that time. But, for the vast majority of the problems and decisions we face as parents and individuals, families, businesses and schools can operate as they have for generations within the arena of common sense, ordinary care, and personal liberty. Finally, I have always held a healthy skepticism about experts who tell us how our lives should be run. I hope that helps your decision, and I would appreciate your vote. Richard Ducote #75Judge, Div. J, 22nd Judicial District Court
2020-10-26 11:03:06Kevin PearsonState/LocalYesNoYes
they are private companies and should be allowed to decide
Generally no, but I believe a hospital or nursing home should be able to refuse visitation for one who refuses.
NoDepends on situationNoYes
to an extent
These answers are based on my general beliefs and without hearing sufficiently from both sides. As a long-term member of Rotary, I believe there has been great success in vaccinating the world against Polio. In the US, Measles and Smallpox has been all but eradicated. In situations involving the custody of children, we would like to believe the parent always seeks what they believe is right for their child. Unfortunately, I have seen cases where one parent objects to everything the other supports after a divorce. These situations are difficult and a simple yes or no answer is not easy. As a state representative from 2008 through 2019, we did have the ability to hear both sides, ask questions and debate prior to making a decision. More information could possibly change my mind in some of the questions above.PSC District 1
2020-11-02 22:21:19Richie SandersonState/LocalYesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoYesFrom a phone call with Richie- I have been doing this type of work for years and I know this business well. I have been asked by the community to run for this position.Public Service Commissioner
2020-11-04 20:14:23Richie SandersonState/LocalYesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoYesFrom a phone call with Richie- I have been doing this type of work for years and I know this business well. I have been asked by the community to run for this position.Public Service Commissioner
2021-05-11 0:45:16GravesU.S./CongressionalYesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoYes
2021-09-07 14:41:33U.S./CongressionalYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoJust making sure you guys know you're a bunch of fucking idiots.