Beth Behrend – Candidate for Princeton School District Board of Education

Candidate information:
Phone number: 609-430-2263
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Date of birth: 11/16/67
Education: Public school in Hartland, Wisconsin; undergrad degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison; law degree and masters of public international law from Michigan Law School
Occupation: Retired corporate attorney; non-profit professional
Public service: 11 years on Riverside PTO (2 years as President; 8 as VP of Gardens); Vice President on Princeton PTO Council (3 years); Secretary, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association (4 years); Trustee and religious education teacher (8 years) at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton; founding director and Secretary of NJ League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (3 years); former trustee of Princeton School Garden Cooperative (2 years).

Position on good government initiatives:

  1. Would you support reinstituting the statewide public advocate and making it a directly elected position? Yes.
  2. Would you support measures to increase voter participation (eg. same-day registration, early voting, vote by mail)? Yes.
  3. Would you support ethics reforms that would require broader disclosure on financial information and the release of income taxes by candidates for public office, as a means for regulating campaigns and limiting corruption? Yes.
  4. Would you support changing the nominating process for members of state-wide Commissions and Boards to have panels of nonpartisan experts nominate candidates, with full public disclosure of the candidates’ credentials, and to have the legislature vote on the nominations? Yes.
  5. Would you support placing a nonpartisan commission in charge of the legislative redistricting process? Yes, this is essential to preserve our representative democracy and reduce the “efficiency gap” where some votes count more than others.
  6. Would you support instituting public funding for all statewide offices, including the legislature? Yes.
  7. Would you support making the state legislature full-time and prohibiting simultaneous holding of other paid positions? Yes.
  8. Would you support reforming New Jersey’s Primary electoral ballots to give all candidates an equal chance of being elected? Yes.