Michael Bollentin – LD14 Assembly Candidate

Candidate information:

Phone number: N/A
Party affiliation: Independent 
Campaign websiteBollentinForAssembly.vote
Social media: @StatesmanMikeNJ

Date of Birth: Dec 1976
Education: High school, Trade School, and a B.S in Communications and Network Management
Occupation: IT and Security Technician
Public/Party service: I have been an EMT for 27 years and was in Law Enforcement for 16 years.

Position on good government initiatives:

  1. Would you support reforming New Jersey’s Primary electoral ballots to give all candidates an equal chance of being elected? 
    Allowing for a method that more equally represents the candidates would level the playing-field for candidates like myself and other who with to break the cycle.
  2. Would you support measures to increase voter participation (eg. same-day registration, early voting)? 
  3. Would you support placing a nonpartisan commission in charge of the legislative redistricting process?  
    Legislative re-districting is controlled by the two parties which inherently means it will forever be used as a means to maintain their control. 
  4. 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 have ideas for campaign finance reforms that includes fuller disclosure, removing corporate funding and more. 
  5. Would you support reinstituting the statewide public advocate and making it a directly elected position? 
  6. Would you support changing the nominating process for members of 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? 
  7. Do you support public funding of campaigns for all statewide offices, including the legislature? 
    Yes, part of my ideal solution would be to direct any political donation into an election fund, and those donations would offset the public funding. 
  8. Do you support making the state legislature full-time and prohibiting simultaneous holding of other paid positions? 
    It depends. 
    I think an elected official should put in the time required to do the job. Any significant sources of additional income should not be in the public domain, in my opinion, that falls into double-dipping. As someone who works multiple jobs to support my family, I understand the desire to do what is necessary to support my family but too often there are incidents of elected officials abusing this.
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