Carlos Zervigon

Running for Louisiana House of Representatives, District 98

Summary

Carlos Zervigon is a Democratic candidate running for the Louisiana House of Representatives, District 98. If elected, his priorities will be increasing education funding, improving state infrastructure, enhancing public safety through criminal justice reform, and fighting for economic justice. He supports the decriminalization of marijuana and believes that Louisiana must reform its state drug policy by radically increasing opioid addiction treatment access, alternative pain management, and cutting unnecessary opioid prescriptions.

Visit Carlos Zervigon's Website: http://www.carloszervigon.com/

Experience

Education:

  • University of New Orleans
  • Tulane University

Experience:

  • Ben Franklin High School (Board President)
  • NOCCA Institute (Boardmember)
  • Ben Franklin High School (Social Studies Teacher)
  • New Orleans Creative Glass Institute (Founder and CEO)

Community Scorecards:

How They Compare

We will continue to update this chart as we receive candidate's responses.

On Public Safety & Community Investment Issues

  • I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past. I intend to be a role model for employers.
  • I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment done by medical professionals, not police and deputies, and crisis intervention by highly trained people who are skilled in de-escalating tensions and promoting nonviolence among our communities.
  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in the community, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.

    I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past. I intend to be a role model for employers.

  • Carlos Zervigon

    Agree
  • I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment done by medical professionals, not police and deputies, and crisis intervention by highly trained people who are skilled in de-escalating tensions and promoting nonviolence among our communities.

  • Carlos Zervigon

    Agree
  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in the community, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.

  • Carlos Zervigon

    Agree

    I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past. I intend to be a role model for employers.

  • Kea Sherman

    -

  • I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment done by medical professionals, not police and deputies, and crisis intervention by highly trained people who are skilled in de-escalating tensions and promoting nonviolence among our communities.

  • Kea Sherman

    -

  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in the community, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.

  • Kea Sherman

    -

    I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past. I intend to be a role model for employers.

  • Ravi Sangisetty

    Agree
  • I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment done by medical professionals, not police and deputies, and crisis intervention by highly trained people who are skilled in de-escalating tensions and promoting nonviolence among our communities.

  • Ravi Sangisetty

    Agree
  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in the community, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.

  • Ravi Sangisetty

    Agree

    I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past. I intend to be a role model for employers.

  • Max Chiz

    -

  • I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment done by medical professionals, not police and deputies, and crisis intervention by highly trained people who are skilled in de-escalating tensions and promoting nonviolence among our communities.

  • Max Chiz

    -

  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in the community, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.

  • Max Chiz

    -

    I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past. I intend to be a role model for employers.

  • Marion “Penny” Freistadt

    -

  • I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment done by medical professionals, not police and deputies, and crisis intervention by highly trained people who are skilled in de-escalating tensions and promoting nonviolence among our communities.

  • Marion “Penny” Freistadt

    -

  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in the community, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.

  • Marion “Penny” Freistadt

    -

    I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past. I intend to be a role model for employers.

  • Evan Bergeron

    -

  • I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment done by medical professionals, not police and deputies, and crisis intervention by highly trained people who are skilled in de-escalating tensions and promoting nonviolence among our communities.

  • Evan Bergeron

    -

  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in the community, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.

  • Evan Bergeron

    -

    I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past. I intend to be a role model for employers.

  • Aimee Adatto Freedman

    Agree
  • I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment done by medical professionals, not police and deputies, and crisis intervention by highly trained people who are skilled in de-escalating tensions and promoting nonviolence among our communities.

  • Aimee Adatto Freedman

    Agree
  • I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in the community, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.

  • Aimee Adatto Freedman

    Agree
>

On Restorative Justice Issues

  • I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices in schools that resemble prisons.
  • I support an end to unaffordable bail and forced programming, and I will not be influenced by those who profit off of these systems.
  • I support the creation of a Trauma Assessment tool, which will be used prior to sentencing. I will ensure that people charged with crimes will be clearly informed about specific impacts their conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, access to the 2nd Amendment, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.

    I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices in schools that resemble prisons.

  • Carlos Zervigon

    Agree
  • I support an end to unaffordable bail and forced programming, and I will not be influenced by those who profit off of these systems.

  • Carlos Zervigon

    Agree
  • I support the creation of a Trauma Assessment tool, which will be used prior to sentencing. I will ensure that people charged with crimes will be clearly informed about specific impacts their conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, access to the 2nd Amendment, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.

  • Carlos Zervigon

    Agree
  • I support a moratorium on receiving immigrant detainees awaiting asylum hearings, and I will encourage the federal government to detain people closer to legal resources to process their immigration hearings. I will not support building additional prisons in Louisiana, and will ensure all jails working with ICE have bilingual support staff.

  • Carlos Zervigon

    Agree

    I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices in schools that resemble prisons.

  • Kea Sherman

    -

  • I support an end to unaffordable bail and forced programming, and I will not be influenced by those who profit off of these systems.

  • Kea Sherman

    -

  • I support the creation of a Trauma Assessment tool, which will be used prior to sentencing. I will ensure that people charged with crimes will be clearly informed about specific impacts their conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, access to the 2nd Amendment, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.

  • Kea Sherman

    -

  • I support a moratorium on receiving immigrant detainees awaiting asylum hearings, and I will encourage the federal government to detain people closer to legal resources to process their immigration hearings. I will not support building additional prisons in Louisiana, and will ensure all jails working with ICE have bilingual support staff.

  • Kea Sherman

    -

    I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices in schools that resemble prisons.

  • Ravi Sangisetty

    Agree
  • I support an end to unaffordable bail and forced programming, and I will not be influenced by those who profit off of these systems.

  • Ravi Sangisetty

    Agree
  • I support the creation of a Trauma Assessment tool, which will be used prior to sentencing. I will ensure that people charged with crimes will be clearly informed about specific impacts their conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, access to the 2nd Amendment, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.

  • Ravi Sangisetty

    Agree
  • I support a moratorium on receiving immigrant detainees awaiting asylum hearings, and I will encourage the federal government to detain people closer to legal resources to process their immigration hearings. I will not support building additional prisons in Louisiana, and will ensure all jails working with ICE have bilingual support staff.

  • Ravi Sangisetty

    Agree

    I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices in schools that resemble prisons.

  • Max Chiz

    -

  • I support an end to unaffordable bail and forced programming, and I will not be influenced by those who profit off of these systems.

  • Max Chiz

    -

  • I support the creation of a Trauma Assessment tool, which will be used prior to sentencing. I will ensure that people charged with crimes will be clearly informed about specific impacts their conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, access to the 2nd Amendment, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.

  • Max Chiz

    -

  • I support a moratorium on receiving immigrant detainees awaiting asylum hearings, and I will encourage the federal government to detain people closer to legal resources to process their immigration hearings. I will not support building additional prisons in Louisiana, and will ensure all jails working with ICE have bilingual support staff.

  • Max Chiz

    -

    I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices in schools that resemble prisons.

  • Marion “Penny” Freistadt

    -

  • I support an end to unaffordable bail and forced programming, and I will not be influenced by those who profit off of these systems.

  • Marion “Penny” Freistadt

    -

  • I support the creation of a Trauma Assessment tool, which will be used prior to sentencing. I will ensure that people charged with crimes will be clearly informed about specific impacts their conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, access to the 2nd Amendment, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.

  • Marion “Penny” Freistadt

    -

  • I support a moratorium on receiving immigrant detainees awaiting asylum hearings, and I will encourage the federal government to detain people closer to legal resources to process their immigration hearings. I will not support building additional prisons in Louisiana, and will ensure all jails working with ICE have bilingual support staff.

  • Marion “Penny” Freistadt

    -

    I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices in schools that resemble prisons.

  • Evan Bergeron

    -

  • I support an end to unaffordable bail and forced programming, and I will not be influenced by those who profit off of these systems.

  • Evan Bergeron

    -

  • I support the creation of a Trauma Assessment tool, which will be used prior to sentencing. I will ensure that people charged with crimes will be clearly informed about specific impacts their conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, access to the 2nd Amendment, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.

  • Evan Bergeron

    -

  • I support a moratorium on receiving immigrant detainees awaiting asylum hearings, and I will encourage the federal government to detain people closer to legal resources to process their immigration hearings. I will not support building additional prisons in Louisiana, and will ensure all jails working with ICE have bilingual support staff.

  • Evan Bergeron

    -

    I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices in schools that resemble prisons.

  • Aimee Adatto Freedman

    Agree
  • I support an end to unaffordable bail and forced programming, and I will not be influenced by those who profit off of these systems.

  • Aimee Adatto Freedman

    Agree
  • I support the creation of a Trauma Assessment tool, which will be used prior to sentencing. I will ensure that people charged with crimes will be clearly informed about specific impacts their conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, access to the 2nd Amendment, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.

  • Aimee Adatto Freedman

    Agree
  • I support a moratorium on receiving immigrant detainees awaiting asylum hearings, and I will encourage the federal government to detain people closer to legal resources to process their immigration hearings. I will not support building additional prisons in Louisiana, and will ensure all jails working with ICE have bilingual support staff.

  • Aimee Adatto Freedman

    Agree
>

On Equal Participation

  • I support the repeal of state law barring citizens under community supervision from voting, encourage registration and voting under Act 636, and will work to create a simple, streamlined, and publicaly available voter registration process for all Louisianans.
  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in Louisiana.
  • I support a strong and empowered community board that will monitor public servants in the police force, the court system, and in the jails.

    I support the repeal of state law barring citizens under community supervision from voting, encourage registration and voting under Act 636, and will work to create a simple, streamlined, and publicaly available voter registration process for all Louisianans.

  • Carlos Zervigon

    Agree
  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in Louisiana.

  • Carlos Zervigon

    Agree
  • I support a strong and empowered community board that will monitor public servants in the police force, the court system, and in the jails.

  • Carlos Zervigon

    Agree

    I support the repeal of state law barring citizens under community supervision from voting, encourage registration and voting under Act 636, and will work to create a simple, streamlined, and publicaly available voter registration process for all Louisianans.

  • Kea Sherman

    -

  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in Louisiana.

  • Kea Sherman

    -

  • I support a strong and empowered community board that will monitor public servants in the police force, the court system, and in the jails.

  • Kea Sherman

    -

    I support the repeal of state law barring citizens under community supervision from voting, encourage registration and voting under Act 636, and will work to create a simple, streamlined, and publicaly available voter registration process for all Louisianans.

  • Ravi Sangisetty

    Agree
  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in Louisiana.

  • Ravi Sangisetty

    Agree
  • I support a strong and empowered community board that will monitor public servants in the police force, the court system, and in the jails.

  • Ravi Sangisetty

    Agree

    I support the repeal of state law barring citizens under community supervision from voting, encourage registration and voting under Act 636, and will work to create a simple, streamlined, and publicaly available voter registration process for all Louisianans.

  • Max Chiz

    -

  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in Louisiana.

  • Max Chiz

    -

  • I support a strong and empowered community board that will monitor public servants in the police force, the court system, and in the jails.

  • Max Chiz

    -

    I support the repeal of state law barring citizens under community supervision from voting, encourage registration and voting under Act 636, and will work to create a simple, streamlined, and publicaly available voter registration process for all Louisianans.

  • Marion “Penny” Freistadt

    -

  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in Louisiana.

  • Marion “Penny” Freistadt

    -

  • I support a strong and empowered community board that will monitor public servants in the police force, the court system, and in the jails.

  • Marion “Penny” Freistadt

    -

    I support the repeal of state law barring citizens under community supervision from voting, encourage registration and voting under Act 636, and will work to create a simple, streamlined, and publicaly available voter registration process for all Louisianans.

  • Evan Bergeron

    -

  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in Louisiana.

  • Evan Bergeron

    -

  • I support a strong and empowered community board that will monitor public servants in the police force, the court system, and in the jails.

  • Evan Bergeron

    -

    I support the repeal of state law barring citizens under community supervision from voting, encourage registration and voting under Act 636, and will work to create a simple, streamlined, and publicaly available voter registration process for all Louisianans.

  • Aimee Adatto Freedman

    Agree
  • I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in Louisiana.

  • Aimee Adatto Freedman

    Agree
  • I support a strong and empowered community board that will monitor public servants in the police force, the court system, and in the jails.

  • Aimee Adatto Freedman

    Agree
>

Where Carlos Zervigon Stands

I support hiring people based on qualifications and work ethic, rather than denying them opportunities based on the stigma of their past. I intend to be a role model for employers.
Agree

Those who have served their time and rejoined our community deserve the same opportunities as everyone else in the areas of employment, housing, and education without discrimination. This is important not only for the well-being of the formerly incarcerated, but for the well-being of the entire community.

I support substance abuse and mental illness treatment done by medical professionals, not police and deputies, and crisis intervention by highly trained people who are skilled in de-escalating tensions and promoting nonviolence among our communities.
Agree

Currently, some of the largest providers of mental health and addiction services in Louisiana are the jails and prisons. It should not be this way. Clinic services should be make available before prison and health professionals should be available to respond to crises, not just police.

I support creating housing units that are accessible to the people who live in the community, at prices they can afford, and with non-discrimination policies that reduce the negative impacts of mass incarceration.
Agree

There is a crisis of affordable housing in New Orleans. This makes reentry for the formerly incarcerated even more difficult. I will fight for a living wage and policies to promote the availability of affordable housing throughout the state.

I support a separation between the criminal justice system and schools, and ending practices in schools that resemble prisons.
Agree

The children in our schools should be treated as students, as youths. The trend of calling in police to intervene in school discipline issues must be reversed. Schools should be given the resources needed to institute trauma informed student support, thereby averting unnecessary contact with law enforcement.

I support an end to unaffordable bail and forced programming, and I will not be influenced by those who profit off of these systems.
Agree

Under our current system of bail, an individual’s opportunity for freedom is measured by their wealth. This is unjust and un-American. In addition, it does not increase public safety but does add to the expense of the criminal justice system. I will fight to replace money bail in Louisiana.

I support the creation of a Trauma Assessment tool, which will be used prior to sentencing. I will ensure that people charged with crimes will be clearly informed about specific impacts their conviction will have on voting, employment, education, housing, access to the 2nd Amendment, professional licensing, and potential future criminal allegations.
Agree

Before accepting a plea deal, defendants must be fully informed of the lifetime impact of a conviction. I will fight to make this a requirement. I will also fight to reign in enhanced sentencing practices and promote diversion programs.

I support a moratorium on receiving immigrant detainees awaiting asylum hearings, and I will encourage the federal government to detain people closer to legal resources to process their immigration hearings. I will not support building additional prisons in Louisiana, and will ensure all jails working with ICE have bilingual support staff.
Agree

As the grandson of Latin American immigrants and the son of a bilingual Latino father, this issue is personal for me. I will oppose the utilization of vacant prison space or any expansion of the prison industrial complex on Louisiana soil for the use of ICE.

I support the repeal of state law barring citizens under community supervision from voting, encourage registration and voting under Act 636, and will work to create a simple, streamlined, and publicaly available voter registration process for all Louisianans.
Agree

Those who have served their time and rejoined our community deserve to have the same say in government as anyone else. I will work to restore voting rights to the formerly incarcerated immediately upon their release. This should be automatic and as simple as for any other citizen.

I support all government employees setting the highest example of inclusion and unity, and will not stand for policies or practices of different treatment due to the actual or perceived race, religion, birthplace, or self-identity of anyone in Louisiana.
Agree

This is important for all areas of government service, and particularly important for law enforcement services.

I support a strong and empowered community board that will monitor public servants in the police force, the court system, and in the jails.
Agree

Supportive community oversight of our governmental institutions is part of a healthy democracy. Additionally, transparency and accountability are two cornerstones of good government. I support community board oversight of the criminal justice system as an aspect of good government.

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