Meet the Candidates: Karen Carter Peterson (LA-02) (NEW DATE!)
April 19 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NEW DATE and TIME based on candidate’s availability, as race goes down to the wire!
Karen Carter Peterson has been a consistently progressive voice in the Louisiana legislature. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she fervently spoke out against the racist policing tactics that blocked Black communities from leaving the city during the flooding. In 2012, as the state’s party leader, she made outreach to young, minority, and progressive voters a priority and wasn’t afraid to speak out against the Governor’s conservative policies.
In terms of foreign policy, she continues to be outspoken for transformation. In her own words: “I believe it’s time to bring nearly two decades of unceasing conflict to an end. I believe it was a mistake by President Trump to deploy more combat forces, expanded their missions, and stoke regional tensions. Iam committed to ending the forever wars and doing it responsibly … I support prioritizing diplomatic, intelligence, and law enforcement tools, rather than occupying countries and overthrowing regimes to prevent terrorist attacks.”
Her opponent Troy Carter, is clearly playing the moderate / conservative lane. He’s getting funding from Republicans in the district! He also has a “mixed record on gun control and a pretty awful one on criminal justice:”
“Earlier this year he wrote a resolution to condemn the Defund the Police movement, saying that it would cause ‘irreparable and lasting damage’. While the particular position of defunding the police is not nearly as important at the federal level as at the local or state level, [Troy] Carter’s targets of condemnation extended beyond just the defund movement into police reform as a whole, incorporating right-wing language about the dangers of ‘handcuffing’ police.’“