Phone number: (201) 208-2721
Party affiliation: Democratic Party
Campaign website: www.pta2019.us
Social media: https://www.facebook.com/QuesadaMahmoud/ & https://www.instagram.com/quesadamahmoud/
Date of Birth: 03/31/1984
Education: Studied Architecture at NJIT
Occupation: eCommerce Manager
Public/Party service: First time candidate.
Position on good government initiatives:
- Would you support reforming New Jersey’s Primary electoral ballots to give all candidates an equal chance of being elected?
Yes. We absolutely need this, urgently. This column voting system is a psychological trap.
- Would you support measures to increase voter participation (eg. same-day registration, early voting)?
Yes. We should even make election day a holiday and if possible, move to a Saturday.
- Would you support placing a nonpartisan commission in charge of the legislative redistricting process?
- 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. Yes, there’s an anti-corruption bill being proposed by represent.us and I support that.
- Would you support reinstituting the statewide public advocate and making it a directly elected position?
- 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?
- Do you support public funding of campaigns for all statewide offices, including the legislature?
Yes. Yes, the state should provide vouchers for every registered voter and people would choose where that money goes. Then if people want to give extra, they could but within limits.
- Do you support making the state legislature full-time and prohibiting simultaneous holding of other paid positions?
It depends. Once legislative positions are fulltime, they’re prone to the rank-and-file pressure of more senior members. If these elected officials only work part-time, and have their own jobs/careers in addition, they can be more accountable to the people rather than the party leadership.