Here’s why we’re endorsing Patricia Waiters for Democratic State Committee:
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: For too many decades Hudson County have abused their power, authorities and control, they make sure the have big influences on the way the ballot drawing and positions are placed by always holding down the first line, columns or rows. THIS MUST STOP!
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 no candidate is advantaged over other candidates on the basis of their ballot placement by enabling all candidates running for the same office to receive first and subsequent ballot positions an equal number of times (see http://ggcnj.org/resolution for more details).
Comment: I like the ballot order proposal because it helps vulnerable great candidates like me to at least maybe some day get pick to be first on the line and takes the advantage out of corrupt politicians hands.
Election Sanctity: In light of multiple county parties canceling county committee and county party leadership elections scheduled for 2020 through 2023, I will use all resources and take all steps necessary to ensure that any County Committee election in my party will proceed as scheduled without postponement or cancellation. Elections are the bedrock of our democracy, and they should be canceled only as an absolute last resort.
Unification and clarity of ballot access rules: The rules and requirements for candidates to gain access to the ballot are opaque and different from county to county, placing unnecessary hurdles in front of candidates for office. I will work to create a unified system of written rules that govern ballot access in all counties, and ensure that county committees abide by these rules.
Comment: There should be stiffer laws on the books to ensure ballot access is not easy for others to get
Endorsements by county convention: I will work to revise the Party by-laws such that they require all county committees to determine endorsements by a secret ballot that is open to all county committee members. Democracy starts within the party, and elected county committee members should have a say on the direction of the party.
Encouraging competition and debate: I will work to ensure that eligibility for endorsement is not predicated on promising to drop out of the race if not endorsed by the county committee. Competitive Primary races invigorate our democracy, bring important issues up for debate, and ensure that party members voting in Primary elections have a voice in electing their representatives. Parties should not be forcing candidates to drop out.
Comment: I strongly agree to encouraging competition because I received a text from the Bayonne Candidate that was talked out of running for Freeholders/State Assembly by some of Hudson County Big political bosses. This to must end NOWWWWW.
Transparency & Assistance: I will encourage and help anyone who is interested in running for office within my party by providing them guidance regarding deadlines and materials, and ensuring they have access to materials needed for campaigning (e.g., lists of voters in the party).
Comment: Yes because due to lack of transparency and the COVID-19 shutdown, The County Offices, City Halls in the municipalities are closed but I’ll still work hard to get the word out especially to the seniors.
Candidate Information: I will work to ensure that names and contact emails of all candidates for office in my party are freely available online so that voters can contact candidates and find out about their platform, in line with Title 19, Section 23-7.
Accessibility of Candidates: I support requiring candidates running for office in my party to provide a campaign website, and will petition the party to create a page linking all candidates in my party to their respective websites, so that voters can easily find who is running to represent them, and what is their platform.
Comment: I will try to access a website however I only work part time and I have no funds for a campaign, website, advertising or nothing, I just knock on doors to get the people out to vote.
Redistricting: I support placing a nonpartisan commission in charge of the legislative redistricting process.
Comment: I support a fair and open process for redistributing NOT A POLITICAL PARTY THAT WILL REDISTRICT FOR POLITICAL GAIN AND VOTES.
More information about Patricia Waiters:
Party affiliation: Democratic party
Date of Birth: 9/27/1962
Current Occupation: BOE security
Education: Some college/ HCCC Criminal Justice
Public/party service: I’ve been a strong leader in my community over twenty years, I advocate on all matters of concerns to ensure a great quality of life for all residents, I strongly advocate for more diversity inclusion in Hoboken and end the systematic racism from some of our officials, I volunteer my time checking on the seniors and disabled, I attended all meetings in my municipality local and state, City Council, Zoning, Planning, and Committee meetings to make sure I’m the voice and strength for the people and I never miss the budget meetings so I can keep a hawk eye on the money and taxes, infrastructure is another priority for me we need to update our old sewage, pipes and underground construction to help with flooding issues. I work hard in my community as a strong independent Democrat that can’t be brought or bossed, I WILL NOT STAND FOR THESE CORRUPT POLITICIANS TO CONTINUE TO SHAME THE TRUE HARD WORKING DEMOCRATS LIKE PATRICIA WAITERS, I HAVE INTEGRITY!