Candidate Profile
William Benner III

Republican , Pennsylvania

Biography

Panel Rating

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Questionnaire

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

Right to Life

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

Strongly Agree   

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

Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Rape, Health of the Mother


Economy

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

Strongly Disagree   

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

Strongly Agree   

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

Special Funds


Religious Liberty

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.

Agree   

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.

Strongly Disagree   

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

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

Yes   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

Exactly what it says in the U.S. Constitution.


Healthcare

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

Strongly Disagree   

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

Work to drive down cost of healthcare.


National Security

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

Strongly Agree   


Immigration

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 Agree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Those that have been properly vetted and follow the law.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Neutral   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe that I have been incredibly blessed to have been born in this Nation. I belive that to whom much is given, much is asked and I have an obligation to use my God-given skills and abilities for the public good.


Qualifications

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?

Conservative   

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

I believe in limited government.

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

30+ years of military experience including over 20 trips in direct support of combat operations and eight desert deployments. Served 12 years in Air Force Leadership roles. Presented Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Reporting and Suicide Prevention Classes. Substantial civic involvement including being part of the initial cadre that formed the Perry County Chamber of Commerce. Assisted every School District in the County with their Mock Interview Programs, served two terms on Centre Township Planning Commission. BS Degree in Public Administration.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No.

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

It will be an honor and blessing to serve.


Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   


Criminal Justice

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

Agree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

Yes   

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

Open Carry and reciprocal state permits


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Neutral   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

Property Tax Reform Place "Special Fund" spending back into the budget

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

Yes, but it is fueled by the media


Background

Education
  • Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Bachelor of Science, 1989
Work & Military
  • 193rd Special Operations Wing, Master Sergeant, 1986 2017
Affiliations
  • Air Force Association
  • National Rifle Association
  • Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association
  • American Legion, Newport PA
  • Veteran's of Foreign Wars, New Bloomfield PA
  • Perry County Republican Committee, Chairman Emeritus
  • Perry County Chamber of Commerce, Director Emeritus
  • Compassion Internation
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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