Full Name: Benjamin Baldwin


Nick Names:
 

 

Office Sought: House of Delegates, 31st District

Party Affiliation: Republican

 

 


Campaign Website:
benbaldwinva.com

Campaign POC:

Phone Number:
703-887-8395

Campaign Email:
benbaldwin47@gmail.com

 

 

Structured Interview Request Sent:
11 February 2021

Structured Interview Response and Date:
23 February 2021

Vetting Panel Selected: Pending

Structured Interview Completed: Pending

Biography: I was born in Arlington to my parents, Tim and Mary. My father is a retired Alexandria Deputy Sheriff, and my mother is a Catholic School principal. My parents instilled in me from an early age the values of honesty, leadership, and service. I graduated from Virginia Tech in 2006, and accepted a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. I proudly served for ten years, where my primary military occupational specialty was as an F/A-18D Weapons Systems Officer. After serving around the world and back again, my family and I decided to return to Virginia. I separated from the Marines in 2016 and currently work as a financial advisor. Here, I’ve transferred the leadership and problem solving skills developed in the Marines to the everyday, kitchen table issues which affect my clients. I have been married to my wife, Nikki, since 2010. We have a son, Cameron, who is currently in the second grade at Kyle Wilson Elementary.

 

Why you? I’m running because I want to fix the mess created by career politicians in Richmond, and restore trust and confidence in our state government. I have a unique understanding of how our economy works and how decisions in Richmond directly impact decisions Virginia families make every day; especially in the wake of the pandemic. I believe in responsive government, and I am capable of explaining issues to individuals which make them understand and feel like they’re being listened to. I will be an advocate for a more efficient and effective state government, so that we can rebuild our economy, get our children back to school, and get our businesses back to full capacity.

What are your priorities?
-Getting our children back to school five days a week.
-Promote free market ideals which benefit all businesses and allow individuals to achieve their dreams.
-Protecting our Constitutional rights against government encroachment.

Endorsements: Pending.

Education:
Bachelor of Arts in History from Virginia Tech (2006)
Masters in Public Policy from George Mason University (2017)

Relevant Employment History:
Captain, United States Marine Corps (2006-2016)
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones (2016-2020)
Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch (2020-Present)

Military Experience / Branch / Years of Service / Rank / Type of Discharge
United States Marine Corps, Captain, MOS: 7525, F/A-18D Weapons Systems Officer, Honorable Discharge
National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal


Past Offices Held and Tenure:
None.

Community Service: Member, Prince William Chamber of Commerce

Leadership Experience: Officer in the United States Marine Corps

Personal Strengths: Knowledge and communication. Able to distill large topics in a way that’s understandable and relatable.

What is the most important thing Virginians need to know about you? I’ve dedicated my life to service, and I will continue to be a servant to Virginians. I want government to get our of our way, so that Virginians can be as successful as I know we can be.

How would your friends and family describe you? Straightforward, funny, focused. If I’m given a task I will work like hell to get it done ahead of time and at a high standard. Willing to learn, and more importantly to listen. I like being challenged, and I love being told something is too hard and can’t be done. 

Do you believe – THE CONSTITUTION is the Law of the Land. Our individual rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; as enshrined in the Bill of Rights, serve to limit the government as intended by the Founders?

    – Yes

Do you believe – THE CONSTITUTION is the Law of the Land. Our individual rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; as enshrined in the Bill of Rights, serve to limit the government as intended by the Founders?

    – Yes

Do you believe – RELIGIOUS LIBERTY is a cornerstone of our Constitution and must be protected as in inalienable human right?

   – Yes

Do you believe – OUR HISTORY and the associated memoria serve as guideposts in our journey as a Nation, to serve as reminders of our shared sacrifices and as warnings to future generations?

   – Yes

Do you believe – GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY is essential to maintain trust and faith with The People?

   – Yes

Do you believe – PEACE is preserved through a STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE?

   – Yes

Do you believe – THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice and Fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraint must be exercised by all levels of government?

   – Yes

Do you believe – ALL LIFE IS PRECIOUS and must be protected?

   – Yes

Do you believe – THE FAMILY is the most essential and most empowering organization in our shared human existence?

   – Yes

Do you believe – ALL CITIZENS, in order to realize their fullest potential, are entitled to EQUAL RIGHTS, EQUAL JUSTICE, and EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, not equal outcomes?

   – Yes

Do you believe – THE 2ND AMENDMENT, serves to protect The People against domestic and foreign oppression and must be protected as an inalienable human right?

   – Yes

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