Shirley K. Turner – LD15 Senate candidate

Candidate information:

Phone number: 609-896-0435
Social media: Facebook: @NJSenatorTurner; Twitter: @NJSenTurner; Instagram: @NJSenTu
Education: B.S. in Health and Physical Education, TCNJ; M.A. Guidance and Counseling, Rider University; doctoral courses at Rutgers University
Occupation: Retired Director of Career Services at Rider University
Party affiliation: Democratic
Public/Party service: Served 2 year term in the NJ General Assembly. Former Mercer County Freeholder.


Position on good government initiatives:

  1. Would you support reinstituting the statewide public advocate and making it a directly elected position? I support reinstituting the statewide public advocate; however, I would need to give closer analysis to the idea of making it a directly elected position.
  2. Would you support measures to increase voter participation (eg. same-day registration, early voting, vote by mail)? Yes. I voted yes to S1228 to provide voter registration and reforms in New Jersey. I am also the prime sponsor of S1502 to allow voter registration up to 14 days before the election.
  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? I am the co-prime sponsor of S3043, which requires candidates for President and Vice-President of United States to disclose federal income tax returns to appear on ballot and prohibits Electoral College electors from voting for candidates who fail to file income tax returns. I would need more information about broader disclosure on financial information to determine my position and whether such measure would, in fact, help limit corruption.
  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? I would need to know more information about who is selecting the “nonpartisan experts” before determining my position.
  5. Would you support placing a nonpartisan commission in charge of the legislative redistricting process? Yes.
  6. Would you support instituting public funding for all statewide offices, including the legislature? Yes. I was the sponsor of the clean elections pilot program. I support implementing a statewide program to help clean up elections.
  7. Would you support making the state legislature full-time and prohibiting simultaneous holding of other paid positions? Yes. The full-time position would require an increase in salary to eliminate the need for another job.
  8. Would you support reforming New Jersey’s Primary electoral ballots to give all candidates an equal chance of being elected? Yes.