Candidate Profile
William Benfer

Other , New Jersey


William Benfer
U.S. Rep., Dist. 2

Panel Rating

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Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

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


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.

Strongly Disagree

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.


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.


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


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


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


More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.


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


Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Strongly Agree

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

No Answer

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.


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


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

Strongly Disagree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

No Answer

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


I support sanctuary cities.


It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.


Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.


The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.


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


I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2010 General Election, 2012 General Election, 2014 General Election, 2016 General Election

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Abortion is not illegal. It is allowed in the United States since 1973 after the legal battle known as Roe vs. Wade. It established a minimal period during which abortion is legal, with more or less restrictions during the pregnancy. This law prohibited anyone from banning abortion early in pregnancy but allowed to impose increasing restrictions or outright bans later in pregnancy. I am a proponent of the law and adhere to it. My personal view is that, after the 6th month of pregnancy, it is immoral to abort unless there are extenuating circumstances that prove that the birth could bring harm to the mother or child.

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

We must educate the areas population that are near to and prone to being recruited by terrorists. We must help defend those nations who wish to eradicate such threats within their borders and continue to give our military support when necessary.

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

This question can best be answered by going back to what I have read in the Federalist papers in which James Madison wrote about how the overbearing many disregards the rights of the few. He knew that majority rule would one day lead to tyranny, as it was inherent in mankind. He saw this violation within the power that was given to individual states, who often-times abused their power.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe that we all have the rights, according to the Constitution, to freedom from persecution for our spiritual beliefs and values. So, let me answer this question with a generalized statement that will not allow personal religious belief systems to discriminate against my ability to run for this position. I believe that we as a people need to be kind, loving and respectful to each other. I believe that our actions have consequences both in this life and the hereafter. I believe that kindness is not a show of weakness, but a sign of conviction of character. It is my belief that we will one day be judged, not just for how we lived our own lives, but for how we judged how others led their lives. I believe that only God has the right to judge how people live their lives, whether or not they have sinned, or how they should be punished. And I believe that all life, not just human life, is precious and should be treated as such.

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?


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

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

I would be transparent and allow the people to sea the benefits of this system first hand. Showing the benefits that a single payer healthcare system could garner its recipients would allow those who are offered it to be more comfortable with its care. But, I would not limit this form of care as the only available healthcare. I would allow people to choose from this coverage or from private coverage. Then, I'd let the consumer decide which is better for them.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

A free and open market is very tantalizing. Completely free and unregulated commerce seems like a simple solution to boosting the economy as it should allow for consumers to set market prices. But we must remember that unregulating market cornering or monopolization of market availability would render the consumer choice as limited. Because of this limitation, the power players would set their own market price over the consumer. This is where, in my mind, government needs to step in. There must be laws against market manipulations that take free market enterprise and turns it into unlawful chaos that cares only for the profit motives of a few players, while forgetting the importance within the cyclical nature of the involvement of the consumer. This can only be regulated through the acts of government.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Number one, the tax code is much too convoluted for the everyday individual to understand fully. This misunderstanding leads to confusion and can at times lead to mistakes. And these mistakes could cost tax payers in the amount of their return and/or in the amount of their debts. We need to also promote responsible corporate behavior that punishes any violations monetarily. We need to establish a global inclusion that actually benefits the American people. We need to rethink the fairness within rates for the wealthiest taxpayers and the poorest. And lastly, we need to reexamine expenditures that only benefit the wealthy; Protect those that help working families, the poor, veterans and seniors.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

The best way to bring down unemployment is to create new jobs. And the best way to do this, is to bring back manufacturing of goods within the confines of the United States. This is a problem that is at the root of my campaign platform. When industry and manufacturing are at their highest peak in this country, the country has done well economically and socially, historically. Our district has one of the lowest rates for new job creation in our state and in our country. We need to change this by offering people new jobs by creating new industry.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Social Security is a paid into program. Each person pays into the program so that the next generation is taken care of. It is not an entitlement like people have stated. In fact, Social Security revenues exceeded expenditures, between 1983 and 2009. But to continue this retirement fund we must ensure that people have living wage jobs. The more people working towards retirement that have livable wages and contribute, the more money there is in the fund. It is really that simple.

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

I am not a doctor, or a lawyer. Nor am I a career politician or a historian. But, I am a citizen of this nation, this state and this district. I have seen this district slowly disintegrate from one year to the next and I have ideas that may actually help. It was our forefathers who wanted us to be a part of the legislative process as representatives of the people from where we reside. They knew that only those individuals who are within a societal region would understand that region the best. What education qualifies me? Only the knowledge that this area deserves better than what it has now. The knowledge that government is run like a business now, and that means we are a high risk, low reward investment. So, we won't be getting any monetary help from the state any time soon. We must create our own wealth to save ourselves from economic collapse.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 856.765.7777

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

I want term limits for all positions in government. I want the pay to play policies to be made illegal and thus eliminate large money campaign financing and large money lobbying. I want to help farmers retain the land that they farm on. And I want to bring industry back to the area. It is my goal to bring trades back to all public high schools and to create grants to students who participate in trades so that they can start to work right from high school. I want to eliminate the two party system that has a stranglehold on our democracy by making campaign platforms completely transparent by law. I want to try to create a system that allows each voter to be able to vote for the candidate that best represents them, rather than taking the lesser of two evils. I want this region to be better in a collective effort that brings prosperity to all who live here. I can't do it alone. But, together, we can do it. Together, we can.


  • Millville Senior High, Millville, Diploma, 1992
  • Rowan College of New Jersey, Glassboro, 1994
  • Platt College of San Diego, San Diego, BSA, 2011
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