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Daniel Benjamin

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Statesman Journal mini-questionnaire for 2014 Primary Election
Thank you for responding to this questionnaire.
Why this matters:
 The Statesman Journal Editorial Board will use this questionnaire in deciding which candidates to endorse at the May 20 Primary Election. The board is doing fewer in-person interviews this spring. Your answers also will be shared with reporters and may be published in the newspaper and/or on our website, StatesmanJournal.com, so the public will see what you submit.We also ask that you respond to every question, instead of simply attaching campaign materials, resumes, etc.Please return the completed questionnaire to the Editorial Board as an email or an attached Word document to Salemed@StatesmanJournal.com. (Handwritten or fax responses don’t work.) Deadline for submitting your questionnaire:
9 a.m. Wednesday, April 16.
Questions? Contact Editorial Page Editor Dick Hughes, 503-399-6727, dhughes@StatesmanJournal.com, or Editorial Assistant Nancy Harrington, 503-589-6944, nharring@StatesmanJournal.com.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Your name: Daniel Benjamin Age: 45(If your age will change before the May 20 primary, please indicate your birthday. We want to make sure we use accurate ages in editorials and news coverage.)Political party (if this is a partisan office): N/APosition you are seeking (name of position, district number, political party if applicable):City Counselor Ward 6Number of years living in the area you seek to represent:13Are you a full-time resident of that area?Yes
 
City/town of residence: SalemFamily (name of spouse/partner, number and ages of children if at home, number of grown children): My wife Laura and 2 lovely children ages 5 and 2.Your education (high school, trade, college, post-baccalaureate; indicate degrees earned):High SchoolIf employed, current occupation, employer and job duties:Agent with New York Life Insurance Co. In my work I help families, businesses ,and individuals with budgeting, financial protection and retirement.Previous employers and when: Federal Express; Freight division 2002-2010Military service and when: US Army 1986-1989Volunteer/civic/religious service and when: North Lancaster Neighborhood Association 2012-ongoing, Citizen Budget Committee 2012- ongoing, Volunteer for Liberty House child abuse assessment center 2012- ongoing, Board member for Habitat for Humanity 2012- ongoing.Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, and when:None.Please list any unsuccessful candidacies for public office, and when:None.Other prior political and government experience:Citizen Budget Committee, Chair of the North Lancaster Neighborhood Association.How the public can reach your campaign (remember that this information may be made public): Mail address: 2060 Brown Rd. NE Salem Oregon 97305 E-mail address: dcbenjamin@ft.newyorklife.com Web site URL: www.VoteDanielBenjamin.com 
 
 Phone: 503-302-1629
Please limit your response to each of the following questions to about 75 words.
1. To an outsider, how would you describe the region you wish to represent? What is it like geographically, economically, politically and socially? Ward 6 is a well-populated area with easy access to goods and services via Lancaster Dr. Located in the North East quadrant of Salem. Economically speaking somewhat depressed areas exist throughout the ward. Ward 6 is a very diverse in regards to it’s political and social strata. 2. When did you decide to run for this office, and why? Being the NOLA Chair, I wanted to work closely with the city Counselor of Ward 6. Being on the grass root level I saw the need for leadership. When it was discovered that said counselor would not be seeking re-election, I felt that I could make a positive impact for our community.3. How much will your primary campaign cost (please be specific)? It’s hard to say. Being it my first time running for an elected position, I would say about 10,000.00.4. Who are your key endorsements from within the Mid-Valley? Create Jobs PAC, City of Salem Chamber of Commerce, Builders Association, Realtors Association, Sheryl Thomas (former city Counselor Ward 6), Greg Peterson business owner, community service volunteer extraordinaire. 5. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensing board/organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give the details. No6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your taxes or other major accounts, or been sued personally or professionally? If so, please give the details. I have, in the past filed for bankruptcy. 2008 hit the country very hard. In 2009 my full time employment status was changed to “supplemental.” That constituted the loss of all medical and retirement benefits as well as a substantial cut in hours. That also coincided with the birth of our first child. In 2010 I was laid off and unemployed. Our 6 month emergency fund had already

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