"...common sense and compassion for ordinary people."
Election was Nov 21, 2015
In announcing his candidacy, Edwards said Louisiana needs “a healthy dose of common sense and compassion for ordinary people.”
Louisiana has the second highest poverty rate in the nation yet the current administration has made budget cuts, including cuts to state hospitals and colleges and universities, that disproportionately affect lower-income Louisianans. Tuition has increased over 80 percent over the past 6 years and almost 20 percent of Louisianans do not have healthcare.
Edwards supports Medicaid expansion to allow more Louisianans to have access to comprehensive health care.
Edwards has a strong pro-life record in his personal life and as a legislator. He and his wife went against a doctor’s recommendation to abort their child when the baby was diagnosed with spina bifida. He also has a 100 percent voting record with Louisiana Right to Life.
"Republicans are already trying to tie Representative Edwards to the extreme abortion position promoted by NARAL and Planned Parenthood just because he is a Democrat," said DFLA Kristin Day in a press release. "But actions and votes speak louder than rhetoric. His actions and record are clear."