Here’s why we enthusiastically endorse Stephen Dobbins for LD30 Assembly:
The “County Line” in primary election ballots: Being placed in a preferential ballot position unfairly benefits some candidates and disadvantages others. Recognizing the outsize influence of the “county line” primary election ballots on the outcomes of elections, and the considerable voter confusion that they cause, I will support changing the NJ primary ballot to an “Office Bloc” design as is used in every other state and in some counties in NJ (see http://ggcnj.org/resolution for more information).
Comment: Merit needs to matter more than popularity
Ballot Order: Following best practices in 16 states, I will support implementing a rotational ballot order system that ensures to the greatest extent possible that all candidates running for the same office receive the first and subsequent ballot positions in an equal number of election districts and no candidate is advantaged over other candidates on the basis of their ballot placement (see http://ggcnj.org/resolution for more details).
Comment: The voter should in no way be influenced by placement on the ballot making it unfair for others who might be best fit for office.
Voter access: I support adopting parts of H.R.1 in New Jersey in order to increase voter participation, ensure access to the ballot box, and strengthen elections, including specifically same day registration, early voting and a paper trail for machine voting that enables verification.
Comment: I think the results and amazing high turn out for the last election speak for itself.
Ethics reform: I support ethics reforms that would require broader disclosure of financial information and the release of income taxes by candidates for county-level and state-level public office, as a means of transparency.
Campaign funding: I support the public funding of campaigns for all state-level elected offices (i.e., the state legislature and gubernatorial elections).
Comment: Same spending, no questionable dollars coming in, makes elections much more fair.
Redistricting: I support placing a nonpartisan commission in charge of the legislative redistricting process.
Comment: This should be the way. Our communities should not be pawns for politicians.
Public Advocate: I support passing legislation to reinstate the statewide Office of the Public Advocate that was eliminated in 2010.
Posting of bills: I support requiring bills to be posted a minimum of 72hrs prior to voting in the legislature, to allow legislators to read bills thoroughly and obtain feedback from the public.
Comment: This will help the public understand what is happening and avoid messy battles where towns later get angry and try to fight bills or question why they don’t have bills.
Legislative meetings: I support making all committee meetings accessible to the public for attendance and testimony by online means (e.g., via zoom) and streaming of voting sessions even after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, to increase availability and transparency of government.
Comment: More involvement the better
Full time legislature: I support making the state legislature full-time and prohibiting the simultaneous holding of other paid positions, so as to eliminate conflicts of interest and sources of influence and pressure on state legislators.
More information about Stephen Dobbins:
Date of Birth: 6/9/1992
Current Occupation: Self employed
Education: Howell High School, Brookdale Community College, Rutgers University
Public/party service: Active in my town club helping with other candidates, community events, I was appointed this year to the Environmental Commission, fundraiser drives and anything that can be a help to my community.