State Rep., Dist 86
11-06-18 General Election
 

Laurel Bennett (R)

 

Matt Willhite (D)

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Laurel Bennett (R)
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  Endorsements
1 Conserv.    0 Liberal    0 Other

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  • Christian Familiy Coalition
0 Conserv.    4 Liberal    3 Other

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  • (None)
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  Stands on Issues

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Bennett:   No Answer
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Bennett:   Strongly Agree
Willhite:   No Answer

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Bennett:   Strongly Agree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Bennett:   Agree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Bennett:   Disagree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Bennett:   Disagree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Bennett:   Agree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Bennett:   Strongly Disagree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Bennett:   Strongly Agree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Bennett:   Agree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.

Bennett:   Strongly Agree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Bennett:   Disagree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Bennett:   Agree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Bennett:   Strongly Disagree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

The state constitution should limit the growth of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.

Bennett:   Agree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Bennett:   Strongly Agree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Bennett:   Strongly Disagree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

I support sanctuary cities.

Bennett:   Strongly Disagree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

I support the death penalty.

Bennett:   Strongly Agree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Bennett:   Strongly Disagree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Bennett:   Agree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Bennett:   Strongly Agree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Bennett:   Strongly Agree
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

Bennett:   2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Bennett:   Before 18 days (as in the day after pill) or before a heart beat. Special exceptions to be given to Rape, Incest, risk of health to mother and if the child is stillborn or not alive inside the womb.
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Bennett:   Fear of the Monarchy in the past becoming the ruling authority of this new nation was the reason or nature behind the carefully defined, separate and limited powers of the Constitution. Britain had a Monarchy system that we Declared our Independence from in 1776. By making sure the power has checks and balances, in which no one side could run off with the power and rule, it forces the branches to negotiate and work together for the good of the nation.
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Bennett:   I believe in God and the Constitution. This nation is a Republic that is formed and based upon laws that we must abide by. I was raised Catholic, believe in one God, believe in the Ten Commandments (they were not suggestions)and believe that no one is above sin nor below forgiveness. I believe we have a moral obligation to make a good impact on this world before we leave it and we only get one shot at this life while eternity is forever. Do the best you can.
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Bennett:   Conservative
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

Bennett:   My Voting record clarifies and states it all. Check news articles, FB, social media, radio broadcast and the Christian Family Coalition endorsement.
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Bennett:   Simply put, Lower taxes, which allows companies to expand, create jobs and hire more people. Allow small business and large corporations to create jobs for every economic station. This may include deregulation and reducing the penalties or taxes for starting a small business. Then incentivize people to apply and take the job or position they applied for if it is offered with good salaries and wages.
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Bennett:   How about if we allow self insurance for small to medium businesses and allow country and states insurance companies to provide coverage to different countries. Currently, a shoulder replacement for a 1 day, in hospital stay, will cost 95K. I can get the same shoulder replaced in Singapore (whose doctors were trained in the U.S.) for $3,600. Lets reduce cost and care by providing a competitive market
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Bennett:   Transparency as to where your tax payer dollars are going, reduce or remove all strong holds or bottlenecks that hold us back. FDA and EPA are two areas that strangle growth in our country and the administrative overhead for these two entities would best be served by rewarding new growth not hindering it. We are 10 years behind Europe in biologic and hydrogen fuel technologies and we don't support new technologies and patent growth without taking years to get approval. When it is a viable product for America, it should be fast tracked.
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

Bennett:   MBA (Masters in Business) with a Concentration in Healthcare - I have studied, and understand healthcare issues more than most elected officials so I can fight for my constituents to receive greater healthcare benefits and options than they are receiving now. I'm a recent widow of a Vietnam Agent Orange Navy Veteran whose case was on appeal when he died. We went through every horror imaginable as a disabled vet and the healthcare issues involved. I'm an engineer and a Small Business and patent owner. I understand and have experienced how too much government regulation has hurt small businesses. I will create and expand high paying technology jobs in this district without hurting the environment. I have been the Treasurer for two HOAs. This experience has taught me how working together is a must to solve common problems. As a mom, tutor and professor, Safety in the schools is a must and top priority. Economic Development and Government Affairs past member
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:

Bennett:   Laurel@Laurel-Bennett.com, Laurel.Bennett@PHRSolutions.org 561-379-5335
Willhite:   (Did not answer)

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

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Willhite:  
  Background
Laurel Bennett (R)
Matt Willhite (D)

Education

  • PBCC, Lake Worth, AS
  • FAU, Boca Raton, BS
  • AIU, Weston, MBA

Education

  • (None listed.)

Vocational & Military Experience

  • Opioid Awareness Foundation, Board Member, 0
  • Community Business Alliance, Member, 2
  • Western Business Commerce, past Member, 3
  • Concerned Veterans for America, Member

Vocational & Military Experience

  • (None listed.)

Affiliations (Charitable, educational, religious, or political organizations affiliated with as a leader, member, contributor, or volunteer)

  • Keiser University, Adjunct Professor
  • New England Institute of Technology, Professor
  • Palm Beach Community College, Professor
  • St. Simons Espicopalian Church, Member
  • Republican Party (various clubs), Contributor and Volunteer
  • Concern Veterans For America, Contributor and Volunteer
  • Huntington Woods HOA, Volunteer and Treasurer
  • Vinceremos, Volunteer

Affiliations (Charitable, educational, religious, or political organizations affiliated with as a leader, member, contributor, or volunteer)

  • (None listed.)

Political Offices Held

  • (None listed.)

Political Offices Held

  • (None listed.)

Other Political Offices Sought

  • Mayor, 2012
  • Fl House of Representatives, 2016

Other Political Offices Sought

  • (None listed.)