Beth Behrend – Candidate for Princeton School District Board of Education
Phone number: 609-430-2263
Social media: https://www.facebook.com/BehrendforBoard/
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:
- Would you support reinstituting the statewide public advocate and making it a directly elected position? Yes.
- Would you support measures to increase voter participation (eg. same-day registration, early voting, vote by mail)? Yes.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Would you support instituting public funding for all statewide offices, including the legislature? Yes.
- Would you support making the state legislature full-time and prohibiting simultaneous holding of other paid positions? Yes.
- Would you support reforming New Jersey’s Primary electoral ballots to give all candidates an equal chance of being elected? Yes.