What are Erik’s views on policies?
Erik will continue to share his views on current events and dive into these details deeper. Here is a framework for what he believes…
Jobs and Economy
Social Injustice and Police Reform
Social injustice is a frontline topic in America today. I agree with those who say that we need police reform. Effective, practical reform does not involve cutting funding. Defunding the police hurts communities, as we have witnessed. I propose that we engage police reform starting with recruits, and continue it throughout a police officer’s career.
At the police academy, I propose training recruits in jujitsu specifically as a means of subduing suspects with as little brutality as possible. This will help to minimize using deadly force. Further, I would like to see recruits complete community service credits before graduation. This will help them connect with people and challenge any personal prejudices. Citizens could then give feedback on the recruits they meet as well. This feedback can be one of the methods evaluators can use to weed out bad actors. Practical, career-long continued training will help with de-escalation and prevent loss of lives.
War on Drugs
The war on drugs is a very libertarian topic. As libertarians we feel ending the war on drugs as the drugs have won will stop smuggling and real abuse of the harshest of drugs. Starting with the full decriminalizing of marijuana and the many other non-addictive drugs. I personally feel weed is a natural medicine and should be allowed in every state in the USA. The war on drugs is also a national security issue with smugglers harming innocent people for profit. Legalizing everything for safe use and reconstruction for the FDA and FCC to classify natural drugs to remain in their natural form and not modified genetically to be addictive must happen.
Millions of people are affected by manmade drugs all over our nation for the loss of life and livelihoods. There are countless men and women in jail as we speak for non-violent crimes and should be free in every state for the charge they received it is now made legal.
I am Erik Gerhardt, a Pennsylvanian through and through. I love this state, from the cold winters to the beautiful springs and summers. Growing up, I was involved in the Boy Scouts for many years as a Scout, Patrol, and Senior Patrol Leader as well as Den Chief. I began working in construction at sixteen, and I am still there today. In 2015 I started my own business, ECG Carpentry.
As a business owner, I have had to track the economy and political sphere, and I saw many challenges that our country needs to address. I am a problem-solver who knows how to plan, engage, and carry a multifaceted project to completion. I can contribute my leadership and business skills to attacking our nation’s problems. We need a change in government with fresh ideas and young minds to brighten our future. In the US Senate, I intend to lay down a freedom-forward foundation for a better tomorrow.