Candidate Profile
Erika Benfield

Republican , Florida

Biography

Name
Erika Benfield
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist 27
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Conservative
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Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
3
Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2019), Ron Desantis (2018), State Republican Party Organizations (2015)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
2
Bob Cortes (2019), Citizens Alliance for Florida's Economy (2020)

Summary

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LIBERAL

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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.

Strongly 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?

None


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?

Cares Act showed prime example of all the wishlist spending that happens when bundling. That should never happen and why we need term limits. Also, Studies cost a lot of money and are used as a method for transparency but millions are spent a year and the costs should not be as high.


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.

Strongly 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 Agree   

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?

Constitution protects religious liberty and government can not take that away.


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?

I would not enforce mandated healthcare. I would be in support of transparent medical billing and transparent medicine costs. I would be in favor of education and more well care visits covered by health insurance so we have a proactive approach vs reactive to medical care. Telemedicine is a way to make visits more accessible.


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?

Legal workers that come in legally through a process including a job and having money in the bank. Foreign exchange students as I mentor a program through Rotary with a visa process and have witnessed the good foreign student opportunities bring. No one should be allowed in that will be a tax burden on American citizens.


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.

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in Jesus Christ our father in Heaven and life ever after. I’m a Christian. I’m blessed to have been raised in the church with great examples of serving such as grandfather served as church accountant team, grandma in choir, parents played in church band saxophone and trumpet at all services from my childhood till I moved out as adult. I’ve been baptized. I’ve since connected spiritually with the Lord, pray regularly, tithe, currently attend drive-in church and have felt the Lord’s presence throughout my life. I consider myself a spiritual person and follower of Christ our Lord. I try not to judge as Christ called Zacchaeus down from the sycamore tree and connected with sinners throughout biblical stories to help them repent of their sins and change for the better. Bringing people together and sharing the word of God is a passion. I lead all my leadership groups the past decade in prayer.


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?

Very Conservative   

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

Centro De La Familia Christian Church Orlando Pastor Candelario Baptized me as a teen and married my husband and I in 2004. I served as lay leader Parrish committee 2014-2016 Lakeside Methodist Church Sanford Member as of 2018 Community United Methodists Church DeBary Pastor Mark Abbott June 2019 Daytona News Journal printed an article showing me leading a prayer group of VFW ladies outside Donald Trump rally in Orlando as lighting crackled the sky showing dedication and protection request from our Lord Savior Jesus Christ.

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

Serving on DeBary city council current Vice Mayor four years, voting on 17 million dollar budget, effectively rooting out corruption as a 34 page report investigation at my request resulted in retiring a 40 year city manager for pushing a tax referendum vote on seniors. NALEO association Pension and bonds two day training, biannual elected boot camp in Washington D.C., conference in policy making in Miami 2019. First legislative bill for DeBary passed this year 2020 legislative Session thanks to group effort including myself attending volusia days. The outgoing state rep gave me the call to tell our city staff and mayor. Mother of four children two still in virtual school and current mentor of college interns will help create awareness in the education gap to workforce. Brick and mortar business owner for 12 years will help me help our state rebuild representing the business sector. This experience will help me be effective in helping our community and State of Florida.

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?

My reason for wanting to serve more is because I have been effective the past four years in areas such as new leadership in place, lower crime as much as 40% and new economic growth even with the great pause we all felt recently. I hope to bring that experience to help my constituents such as educators, veterans, and business private sector to make Florida a great place to live for all.


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.

Strongly Agree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

Yes   

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

Absolutely none


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Disagree   

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?

Gun rights: Add gun access for protection to constituents. Protect life Business and Economic Development: Reduce commercial rent, lease sales tax.

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

Some racism exist but it is not a threat to domestic security. Antifa riots and destruction of property is a threat to domestic security. Because defunding the police and uproar is not safe it’s the opposite.


Background

Education
  • Lake Brantley High, Longwood, Diploma, 97
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • National Association Latino Elected Official, Member
  • Team Volusia Economic Board, Board member
  • Community United Methodist Church DeBary, Church Member
  • Hispanic Chamber of Metro Orlando, North Orlando Leads Group Past President
  • Rotary Club DeBary, Deltona, Orange City, Past President
  • VFW Auxilary Post 8093, Lifetime member
  • Southwest Volusia Republican Club, Member, Husband Vice President
Offices
  • Vice Mayor DeBary, Held 4
  • State House District 27
 

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