State Rep., Dist 49
11-06-18 General Election
 

Ben Griffin (R)

 

Carlos Guillermo Smith (D)

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Ben Griffin (R)
Carlos Guillermo Smith (D)

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  Endorsements
1 Conserv.    0 Liberal    1 Other

Endorsements Reported to iVoterGuide by Candidate

  • Conservative Ministers of Central Florida
  • Association of Builders and Contractors
0 Conserv.    11 Liberal    1 Other

Endorsements Reported to iVoterGuide by Candidate

  • (None)
  Info from Other Sources
  Stands on Issues

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

Griffin:   Strongly Agree
Smith:   (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.

Griffin:   Strongly Agree
Smith:   (Did not 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.

Griffin:   Strongly Agree
Smith:   (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.

Griffin:   Strongly Agree
Smith:   (Did not answer)

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

Griffin:   Strongly Disagree
Smith:   (Did not answer)

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

Griffin:   Strongly Disagree
Smith:   (Did not answer)

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

Griffin:   Strongly Agree
Smith:   (Did not answer)

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Griffin:   Strongly Disagree
Smith:   (Did not answer)

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

Griffin:   Strongly Agree
Smith:   (Did not answer)

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

Griffin:   Strongly Agree
Smith:   (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.

Griffin:   Strongly Disagree
Smith:   (Did not answer)

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Griffin:   Strongly Disagree
Smith:   (Did not answer)

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

Griffin:   Strongly Agree
Smith:   (Did not answer)

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

Griffin:   Strongly Disagree
Smith:   (Did not answer)

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

Griffin:   Strongly Agree
Smith:   (Did not answer)

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Griffin:   Strongly Agree
Smith:   (Did not answer)

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

Griffin:   Strongly Disagree
Smith:   (Did not answer)

I support sanctuary cities.

Griffin:   Strongly Disagree
Smith:   (Did not answer)

I support the death penalty.

Griffin:   Strongly Agree
Smith:   (Did not answer)

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Griffin:   Strongly Disagree
Smith:   (Did not answer)

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

Griffin:   Strongly Agree
Smith:   (Did not answer)

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

Griffin:   Strongly Agree
Smith:   (Did not answer)

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

Griffin:   Strongly Agree
Smith:   (Did not answer)

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

Griffin:   2012 General Election, 2014 General Election, 2016 General Election
Smith:   (Did not answer)

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Griffin:   There is only one circumstance where abortion is an option - when the mother's life is in danger. Any other circumstance is murder.
Smith:   (Did not answer)

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

Griffin:   Mankind's inherit sinful nature must be kept in check within the government by a Constitution to protect our freedoms. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. We are always only a moment away from tyranny due to our nature and must uphold the Constitution if we are to remain free.
Smith:   (Did not answer)

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Griffin:   I believe that Jesus is the son of God and died on the cross to save mankind from sin. It is through him alone that we may obtain salvation and have eternal life. I believe that the Bible is the infallible word of God and holds all the knowledge needed to live a life of purpose in serving God.
Smith:   (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?

Griffin:   Very Conservative
Smith:   (Did not answer)

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

Griffin:   Since my first press release I have established and held firm to the values that make this country great.
Smith:   (Did not answer)

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Griffin:   Lower taxes, regulations and government interference so businesses can grow.
Smith:   (Did not answer)

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

Griffin:   I would try to limit government involvement in the process as much as possible. Reductions of regulations and mandates are needed.
Smith:   (Did not answer)

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Griffin:   As small a role as possible. We're living in an economic boom largely due to the current deregulation that is occurring.
Smith:   (Did not answer)

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

Griffin:   I am currently employed as a Learning Assistant for Political Science at Valencia College. Being a lifelong citizen of my District, I know the people who live here and know that I am fit to properly represent their interests. Most importantly, I am a Christian who will use this office to serve the Lord.
Smith:   (Did not answer)

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

Griffin:   voteforben49@gmail.com
Smith:   (Did not answer)

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

Griffin:  
Smith:  
  Background
Ben Griffin (R)
Carlos Guillermo Smith (D)

Education

  • Valencia College, Orlando, AA, 2013
  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, BA, 2016

Education

  • (None listed.)

Vocational & Military Experience

  • Valencia College, Learning Assistant, 2017-Present
  • Stampede Consulting, Political Canvasser, 2016
  • Clear, Airport Ambassador, 2014-2015

Vocational & Military Experience

  • (None listed.)

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

  • Eastland Baptist Church, Member
  • Stampede Consulting, Political Canvasser
  • Central Florida Children's Home
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, 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

  • (None listed.)

Other Political Offices Sought

  • (None listed.)