William Benfer For Congress

Bill Benfer for House of Representatives New Jersey 2nd Congressional District 2018

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Why I Am Running For Congress

It is my goal to utilize Federal programs that allocate funds to areas that work with clean, renewable energy resources. With these funds, we can initiate a clean energy Industrial Revolution, right here in Southern New Jersey. I need your help to start.

It is my dream to bring manufacturing back to Southern New Jersey without destroying our areas natural resources or polluting the planet. This idea stems from the fact that we can create clean and renewable energy resources through manufacturing, right here in Southern Jersey. I like to call it a new Industrial Revolution, and it could begin with us. On the backs of some newly created Federal programs that we can utilize to achieve these goals, we can add jobs, create new wealth and bring a sense of pride back to our area. Regardless of your views on climate change, the world is changing its energy resource needs. We can profit from this, but time is limited. We must act soon to get a head start on manufacturing things like wind turbine engines and solar panels, to stay ahead of global demand. The House Republicans would never go along with it because of their views on Climate Change. The House Democrats would never go along with it because of their views on factories and Industrialization. So, to create a new and more stable perspective on the prospects of making new jobs for the area, I believe we need a new representative in office. One that takes partisanship away from decision making. This is why I will be running as an Independent who is non-affiliated with any party.

Issues

  • Create Clean Energy Manufacturing Facilities

    It is my dream to bring manufacturing back to Southern New Jersey without destroying our areas natural resources or polluting the planet. This idea stems from the fact that we can create clean and renewable energy resources through manufacturing, right here in Southern Jersey. I like to call it a new Industrial Revolution, and it could begin with us.

  • Clean Energy Jobs

    Once our clean energy Manufacturing facilities are established, we can begin the process of hiring from within each local community where each factory is located. It is our goal to hire within each community first and foremost. This creates a more unified community that would begin to feel a sense of pride in taking part in something that helps, instead of destroys... creates instead of tearing apart... and still brings increased monetary value to each person involved.

  • Help Farmers... Help The Community... Help the Environment

    New Jersey solar rebates and incentives could be used to help local farmers retain their farms, make more money and be inclusive in bringing energy costs down to their surrounding communities. We believe that allowing farmers to place photovoltaic and/or concentrated solar power stations on their land is a way to do this by distributing the energy across their local electrical grid to their surrounding communities.

  • 2nd Amendment

    I support allowing US citizens to own fire arms. I do not support the hands off approach to trying to alleviate the problems of mass shootings by ignoring that they are caused by guns.

  • Tax Reform

    It should be a bipartisan view that we need comprehensive tax reform on both the local state and federal sides of the coin. Party rhetoric should be pushed aside so that this can get done.

  • Water

    Most of our public schools in the areas within the District are old. That means that the water piping that our children drink from is old. I want to be preventative and replace them asap once elected.

  • Development

    It is my vision to create some of the first solar roadways along the southern portions of the Garden State Pkwy, the NJ Turnpike & routes 55 and 40. This would put our region on the international map.

  • Roads

    Solar roadways are our future. Not only would they create energy for the surrounding areas, they would also have internal lighting systems that would create caution warnings or detour options within.

  • Freedom of Religion

    It is written within the Constitution that you have the right to worship whatever God you want. Christ, Buddha, Muhammed or to not worship at all. It is unlawful to deem otherwise.

  • Transportation

    The more the country grows the more we need to solve transportation issues within large cities. There must be comprehensive plans made to implement affordable, safe and easy options for all people.

For South Jersey

Again, it is my dream to bring manufacturing back to Southern New Jersey without destroying our areas natural resources or polluting the planet. This idea stems from the fact that we can create clean and renewable energy resources through manufacturing, right here in Southern Jersey. I like to call it a new Industrial Revolution, and it could begin with us. On the backs of some newly created Federal programs that we can utilize to achieve these goals, we can add jobs, create new wealth and bring a sense of pride back to our area. Regardless of your views on climate change, the world is changing its energy resource needs. We can profit from this, but time is limited. We must act soon to get a head start on manufacturing things like wind turbine engines and solar panels, to stay ahead of global demand. The House Republicans would never go along with it because of their views on Climate Change. The House Democrats would never go along with it because of their views on factories and Industrialization. So, to create a new and more stable perspective on the prospects of making new jobs for the area, I believe we need a new representative in office. One that takes partisanship away from decision making. This is why I will be running as an Independent who is non-affiliated with any party.

In the information technological age that we currently reside, we no longer need to be left out of the decision making process. With new social media outlets, the instantaneous abilities of the World Wide Web and the ease of smart technologies, we can all be involved in legislation. It will be one of my goals in office to allow full disclosure on all upcoming legislature and simplify each bills proposal so that everyone in our district will be more fully informed of the laws and regulations that will be enacted upon us. Too many fast tracked bills with hidden agendas and too much legal jargon has inundated our leaderships legislative process. With my full disclosure web availability, these would become things of the past.

For far too long our leadership in Washington D.C. has promised one thing, and given another. I believe that this is because they have allowed partisanship to override patriotism. It is my promise to you that, if elected, I will do my best to be the amplified voice of Southern New Jersey. You will have more influence than ever and your voices will be heard, as was intended by our forefathers. Let's set a precedent to bring back the basic fundamental that our government is meant to recognize the view of the masses, not just the view of those who preside over them. Let me be the voice that amplifies your own and democracy will, once again, prevail.

It is also my intention that, if elected, I will do everything in my power to bring about term limits to all forms of federal service. There are far too many in Congress at the moment who have been there for over 20 plus years. And, while most are honorable, they have been caught up in the lobbying and campaign finance game that Washington D.C. has become. Let's send them a clear message that WE the people make our democratic process what it is, not career politicians. It was never intended to be a career, but a way to make sure that this nation stays the way it was intended... free and independent.

A vote for me is not a vote for an individual. It is a vote for the masses. A vote for a return to true democracy. And a vote for the best interest of our district.

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About Me

I was born and raised in Millville, NJ in Cumberland County. My father was a teacher of Earth Science at Bridgeton High School and my mother was a secretary to the Principal at Millville Senior High School. I have been connected to the community through swimming competitively in the area since I was 7 years old with the Millville Marlins YMCA and then with the Millville High School team, where I was eventually named co-captain of the team my senior year, all the way up to the time I was a Sophomore at Rowan College of New Jersey.

I have worked for the State of New Jersey in two capacities. The first was as an employee of the State Parks and Forestry services as a lifeguard at Belleplain State Park. The second was as a Corrections Officer at Southern State Correctional Facility.

In 2003, I moved to San Diego, California and spent 11 years in that area where I got married to my beautiful wife Amy. During that time in Southern California, my wife and I had our children and began our wonderful family. To allow our children to be closer to our family, we decided to move back to the area.

Since moving back in 2014, I have noticed that the area has changed. The opportunities that I was afforded as a young person seem to have gone away or changed. There are more retail jobs and less industry jobs. More and more houses are boarded up and, what were once thriving communities, now seem to be shells of their former selves. I want to change all this. I want to fight for my communities. I have some ideas that I believe will bring jobs, new money and more opportunities for the residents of South Jersey. I hope you will vote, not for me, but for the ideas that can reshape and reestablish the economy of our area. So that we can thrive as a district once again.