Candidate Profile
Erika Pearson

Democrat , Tennessee


Erika Pearson
U.S. Rep., Dist. 8

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Tennessee AFL-CIO

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Tennessee AFL CIO, CWA, Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

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Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

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I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.


Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Abortion should not be used as a tool for birth control. Instances where the mother's life is in jeopardy or where a rape has occurred may be considered under the guise of medical professionals and spiritual leaders.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.


Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.


How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Fund program from all worker's in this country. Stricter guidelines for managing these funds.

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

Wasteful expenditures should be cut in any area where there is overspending per line items.

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

The government should payoff student loans for public servants. Reduce student loans if graduates go into teaching

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.


Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.


I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.


What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

The first amendment says it all. Government has no place in church. That is the one place where everyone is equal.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.


I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.


How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Creating a single payer system where dollars follow patient care. Thus creating adequate, affordable care based upon competition which produces quality and access for all.

National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.


What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

Homeland security and military monitor terroristic cells and ban known terrorists from entering the country.


I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.


State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

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Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.


Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

America is a melting pot. We were founded upon people fleeing countries due to religious persecution. That's what this country was founded upon.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.



Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.


I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.


Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in the trinity. One faith, one baptism. I also respect other's religious views. Religion is a coice.


When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?


Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

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Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.


Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I am an educator, small business owner, and healthcare professional that believes in increase pay and healthy work environments for teachers, same tax breaks for small businesses as large corporations, and healthy strong economies.

Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.


2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

Stricter rules for who gains access to assault weapons. Stricter background checks for gun owners.

Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.


I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.


Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

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The Electoral College should be abolished.


In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

Healthcare,education,and economic security.

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

Yes, the lack of tolerance destroys the melting pot that is America. Racist groups are deemed terroristic in this country. They cause division which erodes domestic security.


  • Memphis State Univ, Memphis, BBA, 93
  • Univ of Memphis, Memphis, MS, 95
  • Freed Hardeman University, Henderson, Certification Teaching, 2008
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Memphis Academy of Health Sciences, Co Founder
  • BAEO, Lobbyists
  • March of Faith International, Preacher
  • National Foundation of Transplants, Board Member
  • Democratic Women of Shelby County
  • Leadership Memphis
  • TN 8th Congressional District, Sought 2018

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