Meet the Candidate
Running For:MN House of Representatives
Education:Bachelors of Science-University of Northwestern-St. Paul
Biographical Info:Ben graduated from University of Northwestern-St. Paul (Northwestern College) in 2001 with a degree in Elementary Education and Bible. After graduation, he taught 5th, 6th and 8th grade in the elementary and middle school setting while coaching football and baseball. During this time he completed his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State Mankato and K-12 Principal Licensure through Saint Mary's University. Ben has served as an assistant principal and principal in both public and private education and serves as a Middle School principal. Ben and his wife Lindy live in Jordan with their three children Aliyah (18), Brock (16), and Lincoln (9). Outside of school, Ben supports Lindy's real estate and interior design business and enjoys woodworking and plays 35+ baseball in Jordan.
Statement:My role as a middle school principal has given me a front row seat to the negative impact of the divisive and bad policy on our kids, families and community. I went into education to influence kids and families, and I have the same intentional at the legislature. My experience has unfortunately given me many stories to share and a perspective that is missing at the capital. This is why my platform begins with strong families. Parents are kids first and most important teacher. With that in mind, we have to return to pro-life policies that strengthen the family. When the family is strong then our communities and schools will be strong. I love what Kayleigh McEnany said at the Minnesota family Council Banquet about parents having a right and a responsibility in raising their kids. We need policy to support those rights as well as the responsibility of raising the next generation.
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|1. Should abortions be banned after fetal heartbeat is detected (around 6 weeks gestation)?||Y|
|2. Do you oppose all taxpayer funding of abortion?||Y|
|3. Do you oppose physician assisted suicide, also referred to as aid in dying?||Y|
|4. Do you oppose public school policies that promote transgender ideology, such as comprehensive sex education?||Y*||This is a parents right and responsibility.|
|5. Do you support legislation that preserves girls’ and women’s athletics for biological females?||Y|
|6. Do you support school choice legislation, such as tuition tax credits, that would enable parents to choose the school that best suits their child’s needs?||Y|
|7. Should people have their religious freedom protected if they refuse to participate in a same-sex wedding?||Y|
|8. Do you oppose efforts to ban voluntary biblical counseling in the areas of gender and sexuality?||Y|
|9. Do you support a parent’s fundamental right to direct the upbringing of their children, including their education and health care?||Y|