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In 2018, Representative Edmonds obtained passage of the "Protection of Adoption Act", which seeks to clarify policies in the previously unregulated field of [[adoption]]. Edmonds said that "existing law was ambiguous. … This act provides a framework so that adoption is not so confusing." No legislator opposed Edmonds' bill, and [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] [[Governor]] [[John Bel Edwards]] signed it into law.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/politics/legislature/article_06415b62-684e-11e8-a70a-b71aab5f805f.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=07fc51fb-af8b-485d-b758-a7b512b852f0|title=New 'Adoption Option Act' to ease adoptions in Louisiana celebrated at the State Capitol|date=Jun3e 4, 2018|author=Mark Ballard|publisher=''The Baton Rouge Advocate''|accessdate=June 6, 2018}}</ref>
 
In 2018, Representative Edmonds obtained passage of the "Protection of Adoption Act", which seeks to clarify policies in the previously unregulated field of [[adoption]]. Edmonds said that "existing law was ambiguous. … This act provides a framework so that adoption is not so confusing." No legislator opposed Edmonds' bill, and [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] [[Governor]] [[John Bel Edwards]] signed it into law.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/politics/legislature/article_06415b62-684e-11e8-a70a-b71aab5f805f.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=07fc51fb-af8b-485d-b758-a7b512b852f0|title=New 'Adoption Option Act' to ease adoptions in Louisiana celebrated at the State Capitol|date=Jun3e 4, 2018|author=Mark Ballard|publisher=''The Baton Rouge Advocate''|accessdate=June 6, 2018}}</ref>
  
Edmonds is a candidate in the special election scheduled for November 6, 2018, to fill the year remaining in the term of former Louisiana Secretary of State [[Tom Schedler]], who resigned in the spring amidst charges of [[sexual harassment]]. Edmonds will face fellow Representative [[Julie Stokes]] of Kenner in Jefferson Parish and former representative and state Senator Almond Gaston "A. G." Crowe, Jr. of Pearl River in St. Tammany Parish, both Republicans. The lone Democrat candidate in the running is Renee Fontenot Free, who has experience in the offices of both the secretary of state and the Louisiana attorney general. Free is the official choice of the Louisiana Democratic Executive Committee.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.thetowntalk.com/story/news/2018/08/20/see-who-la-democrats-pinned-their-hopes-loosen-gop-grip/1041200002/|author=[[Greg Hilburn]]|publisher=''The Alexandria Town Talk''|date=August 20, 2018|title=See who Louisiana Democrats pinned their hopes on|accessdate=August 21, 2018}}</ref>The acting secretary of state, Kyle Ardoin, is not a candidate to complete Schedler's term, which expires in January 2020.<ref name=ghilburn>{{cite web|url=https://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/2018/07/05/secretary-state-see-whos-whos-out-race/759474002/|title=Secretary of state race: See who's in, who's out|publisher=''The Monroe News-Star''|author=Greg Hilburn|date=July 5, 2018|accessdate=July 6, 2018}}</ref> If elected, Edmonds vowed to take a "watchdog mentality to the secretary of state’s office by doing everything I can to fight against any and all attempts to weaken secure voting. Only Americans who live in Louisiana should be voting. And, when Louisianans vote, their vote should count. End of story."<ref name=ghilburn/>
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Edmonds is a candidate in the special election scheduled for November 6, 2018, to fill the year remaining in the term of former Louisiana Secretary of State [[Tom Schedler]], who resigned in the spring amidst charges of [[sexual harassment]]. Edmonds will face acting Secretary of state Robert Kyle Ardoin (born July 31, 1967), his fellow Representative [[Julie Stokes]] of Kenner in Jefferson Parish, and former representative and state Senator Almond Gaston "A. G." Crowe, Jr. of Pearl River in St. Tammany Parish, all Republicans. Renee Fontenot Free, who has experience in the offices of both the secretary of state and the Louisiana attorney general, is the official choice of the Louisiana Democratic Executive Committee.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.thetowntalk.com/story/news/2018/08/20/see-who-la-democrats-pinned-their-hopes-loosen-gop-grip/1041200002/|author=[[Greg Hilburn]]|publisher=''The Alexandria Town Talk''|date=August 20, 2018|title=See who Louisiana Democrats pinned their hopes on|accessdate=August 21, 2018}}</ref>The acting secretary of state, Kyle Ardoin, is not a candidate to complete Schedler's term, which expires in January 2020.<ref name=ghilburn>{{cite web|url=https://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/2018/07/05/secretary-state-see-whos-whos-out-race/759474002/|title=Secretary of state race: See who's in, who's out|publisher=''The Monroe News-Star''|author=Greg Hilburn|date=July 5, 2018|accessdate=July 6, 2018}}</ref> If elected, Edmonds vowed to take a "watchdog mentality to the secretary of state’s office by doing everything I can to fight against any and all attempts to weaken secure voting. Only Americans who live in Louisiana should be voting. And, when Louisianans vote, their vote should count. End of story."<ref name=ghilburn/>
 
   
 
   
  

Revision as of 08:51, 6 October 2018

Richard Phillip "Rick"
Edmonds, Jr.


Louisiana State Representative for District 66 (East Baton Rouge Parish)
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 11, 2016
Preceded by Darrell Ourso

Born September 12, 1956
Former resident of Shreveport, Louisiana

Resident of Baton Rouge

Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cynthia "Cindy" Harville Edmonds

Four sons

Religion Southern Baptist

Richard Phillip Edmonds, Jr., known as Rick Edmonds (born September 12, 1956),[1] is a Southern Baptist pastor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 66.

Edmonds unseated the short-term incumbent Republican, Darrell Ourso, a former member of the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council, in the runoff election held on November 21, 2015.[2] Edmonds polled 7,109 votes (52.1 percent) to Ourso's 6,540 (47.9 percent).[3] Ourso had won the position in a special election earlier in the year to fill the seat created by the resignation of Republican Hunter Greene, who was instead elected to a Baton Rouge family court judgeship.[2]

Edmonds graduated in 1974 from the former Fair Park High School in Shreveport.[4] He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas, and his Master of Divinity and doctoral studies at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the outreach pastor at the large Bethany Church in Baton Rouge[5] He is the former vice president of the Louisiana Family Forum, a conservative faith-based group that lobbies on social issues. He also previously was pastor of Parkview Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. In the campaign, Edmonds hammered Ourso for voting eleven times for tax increases in the 2015 legislative session.[2][6]

He is a former pastor too of the large Calvary Baptist Church in Shreveport, at which in 2010 he preached the funeral of his mother, Elsie Stone Edmonds. His late father, Richard Edmonds, Sr., owned and operated Louisiana Fence Company in Shreveport. Edmonds and his wife, the former Cynthia "Cindy" Harville, have four sons, Richie Edmonds and wife, Holly, and J. Ben Edmonds and wife, Candice, both couples from Baton Rouge, and Ryan Edmonds and wife, Karla, and Zachary Edmonds and wife, Stephanie, both couples from Shreveport.[7]

In 2018, Representative Edmonds obtained passage of the "Protection of Adoption Act", which seeks to clarify policies in the previously unregulated field of adoption. Edmonds said that "existing law was ambiguous. … This act provides a framework so that adoption is not so confusing." No legislator opposed Edmonds' bill, and Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards signed it into law.[8]

Edmonds is a candidate in the special election scheduled for November 6, 2018, to fill the year remaining in the term of former Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler, who resigned in the spring amidst charges of sexual harassment. Edmonds will face acting Secretary of state Robert Kyle Ardoin (born July 31, 1967), his fellow Representative Julie Stokes of Kenner in Jefferson Parish, and former representative and state Senator Almond Gaston "A. G." Crowe, Jr. of Pearl River in St. Tammany Parish, all Republicans. Renee Fontenot Free, who has experience in the offices of both the secretary of state and the Louisiana attorney general, is the official choice of the Louisiana Democratic Executive Committee.[9]The acting secretary of state, Kyle Ardoin, is not a candidate to complete Schedler's term, which expires in January 2020.[10] If elected, Edmonds vowed to take a "watchdog mentality to the secretary of state’s office by doing everything I can to fight against any and all attempts to weaken secure voting. Only Americans who live in Louisiana should be voting. And, when Louisianans vote, their vote should count. End of story."[10]


References

  1. Richard Edmonds, September 1956. Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved on November 27, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Rebekah Allen (November 21, 2015). District 66 incumbent Darrell Ourso loses seat to Family Forum Vice President. The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved on November 27, 2015.
  3. Results for Election Date: 11/21/2015. Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved on November 27, 2015.
  4. Rick Edmonds, Class of 1974. classmates.com. Retrieved on January 1, 2016.
  5. Rick Edmonds, Republican, District 66. house.louisiana.gov. Retrieved on September 12, 2017.
  6. Mark Ballard (August 12, 2015). Baton Rouge legislator Darrell Ourso hammered on increased taxes at Republican forum. The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved on January 10, 2016.
  7. Elsie Edmonds. KTBS-TV. Retrieved on December 15, 2015.
  8. Mark Ballard (Jun3e 4, 2018). New 'Adoption Option Act' to ease adoptions in Louisiana celebrated at the State Capitol. The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved on June 6, 2018.
  9. Greg Hilburn (August 20, 2018). See who Louisiana Democrats pinned their hopes on. The Alexandria Town Talk. Retrieved on August 21, 2018.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Greg Hilburn (July 5, 2018). Secretary of state race: See who's in, who's out. The Monroe News-Star. Retrieved on July 6, 2018.