Here’s why we enthusiastically endorse Pamela Fadden for LD26 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).
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).
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.
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).
Redistricting: I support placing a nonpartisan commission in charge of the legislative redistricting process.
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.
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.
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 Pamela Fadden:
Campaign website: http://www.melandpam4ld26.com/
Social media: Twitter Instagram
Party affiliation: Democratic party
Date of Birth: 4/21/1978
Current Occupation: High School Mathematics Teacher
Education: BS Secondary Mathematics Education
MS Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
MS+15 additional credits Supervisory Education Certificate
Public/party service: This is my 20th year as a public school teacher of high school mathematics. I started my teaching career in Orlando, Fl. After marrying my husband I moved to NJ and taught at Kittatinny Regional High School. In 2004, I began teaching at Hawthorne High School. Since 2015, I’ve been the union President of the Hawthorne Teachers’ Association. As President, I advocate for my members, my students and for public school safety. In 2019, I started serving Morris County as an NJEA consultant.
I’ve been a PTA member and class parent, and a volunteer parent for my daughters’ Girl Scout troops. My husband coached basketball for our older daughter and I was a coach for my younger daughters softball team. We are members of Milton United Methodist Church; the community of the church and the outreach through the food pantry and holiday food baskets which are excellent examples of working together for a common Good! I also volunteer my time at church teaching various levels of Sunday School.
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