Barbara Reich Freiberg

Freiberg

Barbara Reich Freiberg

Running for:
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Political Party Republican
Campaign Website: http://www.votefreiberg.com
225-936-1685
224 Amherst Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Candidate Bio:

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Barbara attended EBR public schools; graduated from Lee High School; and earned her B.A. in Education from Louisiana Tech University and her M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

After graduation, Barbara came back home and spent the next thirty years teaching in the classrooms of our community, including Glen Oaks High School, Lee High School, and the LSU Lab School.  She then served ten years as Education Administrator for the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. After leaving the BESE Staff, she worked as Coordinator at Advance Innovative Education and was a Program Manager of the Baton Rouge Transition to Teaching Program at the LSU Gordon Cain Center.

Concerned about needed change in our school district, Barbara ran for the EBR School Board, and was elected to office in 2010. As leader of a change-minded board, she and her colleagues expanded educational choices for students in the Parish by approving a select group of charter schools. With new leadership and the public’s support, she and the board she led stabilized the school board; implemented fiscal accountability; launched the new, re-designed and re-purposed, Lee High; and designed the curriculum for a school focused on career-tech educational opportunities. Then in 2015, in an effort to get the School Board and the EBR Metro Council to work more closely on education issues, she ran and was elected as the Metro Council Representative for District 12.

Barbara Reich Freiberg and her husband, Mickey, have been married for 47 years.  They are the parents of two grown children and are the proud grandparents of one grandchild.  She is a member of the University Methodist Church and has been involved in numerous civic endeavors.

In 2013, Barbara was honored as a Volunteer Activist; and in 2016, the Baton Rouge Business Report named her as an “Influential Women in Business” recipient.

SURVEY RESPONSES

Ranked Statements
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The gasoline tax should be increased to address the backlog of unaddressed infrastructure needs.
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Louisiana should raise the minimum wage and enforce pay equity.
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Access to healthcare through Medicare expansion should be maintained or expanded.
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Tax exemptions under ITEP should be subject to approval by the local taxing authorities whose revenues are reduced when those exemptions are granted.
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Legislative and state agency district lines should be drawn by an independent non-partisan entity to limit gerrymandering.
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Louisiana should pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
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Louisiana should have a statewide nondiscrimination bill that protects against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Louisiana should add an "X" gender marker to drivers' licenses for nonbinary and intersex citizens to be able to access accurate and appropriate identity documents, as is current practice in Arkansas and 11 other states.
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Short-answer Questions
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How would you work to address issues of pre-K, K-12, and college funding?

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Do you believe that the current tax system, which depends largely on sales tax that has a greater impact on lower-income families, is a fair tax system? What changes to the tax system, if any, would you support?

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What legislation would you support to deal with coastal restoration and climate change needs?

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What legislation would you support to address the economic and infrastructure needs of small towns?

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