State Representative Rodney Schamerhorn met with the Natchitoches Parish Voters and Civic League Sept. 13 to meet future constituents.
Schamerhorn used the opportunity to point to legislative accomplishments that benefit voters statewide. He stated his support for creating workforce development opportunities, reforming insurance requirements to reduce rates and promoting public education policies including state universities, community colleges and trade schools. “We represent the whole state of Louisiana and what we do affects everyone,” he said.
Among his legislative priorities, Schamerhorn identified his personal experience being raised by his grandparents and his adopted grandchild as reasons for his support for widespread adoption policy reform. He stated the adoption process has become too expensive for families and would like to reinforce the guardianship rights of grandparents and codify the rights of adoptees.
When it came time for questions, the founder of Leesville-based construction and debris removal service Schamerhorn Inc. got down in the weeds on matters of policy and political philosophy. He affirmed his support for reducing or eliminating the state income tax, restricting abortion and keeping government spending in check. “I am a country conservative,” he said. He also demonstrated openness to talking about topics such as juvenile justice, drug enforcement and marijuana decriminalization. When pressed for an answer as to why marijuana is illegal, he admitted to having a prescription for medical use, but indicated he wants Louisiana law to align with federal legislation on the matter.
Following the Nov. 8 elections, State House District 24 will expand to include much of western Natchitoches Parish. By meeting with Natchitoches residents, Schamerhorn is preparing to understand and represent the community’s interests.
Voter’s and Civic League President J.W. Scarborough characterized the monthly meetings as an opportunity for residents to form relationships with their public officials. Previous guests have included State Sen. Louie Bernard, Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr. and Parish President John Richmond along with others instrumental in local government.
The next meeting will be Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. at Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.