Michele Tuck-Ponder – Candidate for Princeton School District Board of Education

Candidate information:
Email: tuckponder@gmail.com
Phone number: 609-613-0910
Social mediaMichele Tuck-Ponder for Princeton School Board (Facebook)
EducationB.S., Northwestern University; J.D. University of Pennsylvania Law School
Occupation: Business owner
Public service: Mayor, Princeton Township; Township Committee, Princeton Township; Democratic Muncipal Chair, Princeton Township

Position on good government initiatives:

  1. Would you support reinstituting the statewide public advocate and making it a directly elected position? Yes.
  2. Would you support measures to increase voter participation (eg. same-day registration, early voting, vote by mail)? Yes. I think that NJ is lagging behind the times with initiatives to increase voter participation.
  3. 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.
  4. 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? No. I am concerned that if the legislature is involved, it would become a partisan activity.
  5. Would you support placing a nonpartisan commission in charge of the legislative redistricting process? Yes.
  6. Would you support instituting public funding for all statewide offices, including the legislature? Yes.
  7. Would you support making the state legislature full-time and prohibiting simultaneous holding of other paid positions? It depends.
  8. Would you support reforming New Jersey’s Primary electoral ballots to give all candidates an equal chance of being elected? Yes.