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State Representative - 105th Representative District

Harold L. "Rocky" Asevedo

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE ADDRESS: N/A

FACEBOOK PAGE: N/A

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR PUBLICATION: Address: Friends of Dr. Harold L. `Rocky' Asevedo, P.O. Box 687, Belle Chasse, LA 70037

Phone: 504-444-8285

FAX: 504-365-8086

Email: DrRockyAsevedo@gmail.com

PARTY AFFILIATION: Republican

PROFESSION: Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor

PRESENT EMPLOYER/POSITION (if self-employed, what type of business): Asevedo & Associates, LLC + A Private Practice in Counseling/ Owner, Administrator, Clinical Director. Business is a Therapeutic Counseling Agency focusing primarily on the care and treatment of at-risk youth and their families

HIGHEST LEVEL OF EDUCATION (include graduation date): PhD, Counselor Education with an emphasis in Human Performance/Health Promotion, University of New Orleans, 2004; MA, Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Counseling, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, 1999

APPLICABLE TRAINING: BA in Government from Nicholls State University

CIVIC EXPERIENCE (100 word limit): Dr. Asevedo is a former Director of the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office's Juvenile Diversion Program; Former President of the Rotary Club of Belle Chasse. He has received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Our Lady of Holy Cross College; the Certificate of Appreciation from the Boy Scouts of America; the Outstanding Research Award in Counseling from Our Lady of Holy Cross College.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE AND POLITICAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS (100 word limit): Has never been a candidate for any public office. Has been in a number of successful campaigns on the behalf of others: Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, State Senator David Heitmeier. He is currently a member of the Plaquemines Republican Executive Committee (Representing District 3).

1. Louisiana women earn, on average, only 65% as much as men. Many women are single heads of households and as a result many children are growing up in poverty. Do you support legislation requiring Louisiana employers to pay women and men equal wages for equal work? Yes or No, and if not, why not? Yes, I would support legislation that would require Louisiana employers to pay women and men equal wages for equal work. My position is the same regarding the disparities in compensation between older and younger workers and those of different ethnicities and sexual orientations. While I respect the rights of businesses to determine their own pay scales and decide what they can and cannot afford, we cannot tolerate inequities based on the gender, age, sexual orientation or ethnicity of individuals.

2. Would you initiate or support universal Pre-K education to all Louisiana four year-olds? If so, how would you fund this program? Yes, I would support universal Pre-K education for all Louisiana four year olds. Funding for such a strategy could be found in a critical review of those existing initiatives that have failed to accomplish what they set out to achieve. Too often, legislators (well-intentioned though they may be) successfully advocate for programs that may not be evidence-based or research-driven. A real oversight and accountability structure must be put in place to ensure that these initiatives are carried out as designed and that they are working. I think that, upon review, we would find that many of the issues that are being addressed in these former strategies would be resolved by earlier introduction to the education process. I think we can do more with less.

3. What is your view of the privatization of prisons? If you support privatization, how will you ensure there is independent oversight of contract performance with measureable factors for evaluation and agreed upon periodic review with penalties of performance failure clearly stated? With today's economic climate and the public's demand that government learn to live within its means, privatization of some government functions has come to the forefront in measures to be considered to increase effectiveness and decrease costs. It appears that prisons may be an area suited for such a government/private sector partnership. I would support privatization of prisons if its proponents could explain the benefits of such a change in terms that all concerned parties and stakeholders could understand and agree on the merits. As a member of a State Board (Governor Jindal's representative on the Health Education Authority of Louisiana), I have come to respect the positive benefits of having concerned and capable members of the community participate in the process of government. If membership is based on an appropriate professional criteria, such a board or commission would be a perfect means of providing oversight of contractual performance.

4. Would you support measures to reduce the prison population and the reduction of the rate of return to prison for both public and private prisons? What means would you consider effective?

I would support evidence-based, research-driven proposals that target the reduction of the state's prison population and reduce the rate of recidivism. I think that any strategies that are employed would have to have a mandated counseling/mentorship element and a significant job training and placement program. Unfortunately, too many men and women leave prison inadequately prepared for life "on the outside." Without structured support systems in place and easily accessible to former inmates, the road back to incarceration can be very short.

5. Do you support the privatization of Louisiana's State employee health care insurance system? If you support privatization, how will you ensure there is independent oversight of contract performance with measurable factors for evaluation and agreed upon periodic review with penalties for performance failure clearly stated? I would only support privatization of Louisiana's State employees health care insurance system if the proponent's of such a change could convince me that comparable services could be provided to our State's workers at a significant reduction in cost. Good government employees are crucial to the effective delivery of State services. They deserve the best benefits that the State can sustain.

6. Do you feel there are adequate state or federal funds for coastal restoration? What would you do to address this issue? I believe that the funds exist at the federal level to restore our coasts. Unfortunately, our leadership still has much work to do in making the rest of the country aware of this crisis in Louisiana. It is imperative that our elected officials accelerate and expand their efforts in this area and help the country see that coastal restoration is in everyone's interest.

"Chris" Leopold

YOUR CAMPAIGN WEBSITE ADDRESS: http://www.leopoldforlouisiana.com

FACEBOOK PAGE: Leopold2011

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR PUBLICATION: Address: P.O. Box 171, Port Sulphur, La. 70083

Phone: 504-430-4495 or 504-430-2855

FAX: 504 564 0100

Email: cleopold@msn.com

PARTY AFFILIATION: Republican

PROFESSION: Self employed since 1989

PRESENT EMPLOYER/POSITION (if self-employed, what type of business): Commerical real estate development; Off-shore linen service; specialty advertising sales.

HIGHEST LEVEL OF EDUCATION (include graduation date): College. Graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, 1990

APPLICABLE TRAINING:

CIVIC EXPERIENCE (100 word limit): Chamber of Commerce Chairman 2 years; Rotary Club of Belle Chasse President 2 years; charter member Plaq. Aooc. Of Business and Industry; United Way Leadership Council; YMCA Belle Chasse Advisory Board Member.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE AND POLITICAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS (100 word limit):

Elected Republican State Central Committee 3 terms 12 years;

Campaign volunteer for many candidates over the last 20 years;

Endorsed by Jefferson Parish Republican Executive Committee

1. Louisiana women earn, on average, only 65% as much as men. Many women are single heads of households and as a result many children are growing up in poverty. Do you support legislation requiring Louisiana employers to pay women and men equal wages for equal work? Yes or No, and if not, why not? Yes

2. Would you initiate or support universal Pre-K education to all Louisiana four year-olds? If so, how would you fund this program? No

3. What is your view of the privatization of prisons? If you support privatization, how will you ensure there is independent oversight of contract performance with measureable factors for evaluation and agreed upon periodic review with penalties of performance failure clearly stated? No

4. Would you support measures to reduce the prison population and the reduction of the rate of return to prison for both public and private prisons? What means would you consider effective? Yes. More emphasis placed on career/worker training for inmates and partnering with industry to provide jobs for inmates post-prison.

5. Do you support the privatization of Louisiana's State employee health care insurance system? If you support privatization, how will you ensure there is independent oversight of contract performance with measurable factors for evaluation and agreed upon periodic review with penalties for performance failure clearly stated? No

6. Do you feel there are adequate state or federal funds for coastal restoration? What would you do to address this issue? No. Raise awareness nationally of the significance of the non-renewable resources the coast provides. The quality of life diminishes without the coast. The oil and gas as well as seafood produced from this are is vital for the nation. This significant contribution cannot be measured in population counts (census). Federal dollars follow the census population counts. Federal law needs to be revised/amended to a best allow for these contributions to be considered when funds are allocated to compensate the coastal areas justly.