Ben Sanders

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Ben Sanders
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Former candidate for
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Date of birthJuly 28, 1976
Place of birthColumbus, Ohio
ProfessionInformation technology program manager
Personal website
Campaign website
Ben Sanders was a Libertarian candidate for Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in the 2014 elections. Ben Sanders lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Sanders was born on July 28, 1976, in Columbus, Ohio. He currently lives in Irving, Texas, where he serves as Program Manager and Subject Matter Expert for a privately held commercial software firm. Previously, he has worked for NASA and the US Army Contracting Command HQ. Sanders identifies as Christian.[1]

In a biographical information submission to Ballotpedia, Sanders identified several key biographical points of interest:[1]

  • He is a member of the NASA Johnson Space Center Information Technology Working Group.
  • In 2011, he was appointed as the Information Technology Governance Counsel for NASA, under the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
  • He sat on the Budget Line of Business Collaboration Workgroup for NASA and the DoD.
  • He is a former contributing member of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) professional collaboration group.
  • He received the coveted “I am an Innovator” award from NASA, for creating NASA’s Real-Time Financial Project Management System that upon implementation saved the almost 4% in budget over-runs.
  • He holds five US Patents in Science and Technology
  • A draft of his doctoral thesis was the core foundation of the 25 Point Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology.
  • He is a Freemason and an ordained minister.


  • B.S., chemistry
  • M.S., computer science
  • Doctor of Business Administration in Applied Computer Science[1]



See also: Texas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Sanders ran for election to the office of Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Sanders received the Libertarian nomination at the convention on April 12, 2014, where he was unopposed.[2][3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


General election
Texas Comptroller, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGlenn Hegar 58.4% 2,697,877
     Democrat Mike Collier 37.7% 1,742,119
     Libertarian Ben Sanders 3% 136,869
     Green Deb Shafto 1% 44,981
Total Votes 4,621,846
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State.


Marijuana Legalization

In an e-mail to Ballotpedia, Sanders clarified his stance on the legalization of marijuana:

As much as citizens in any state wish to move to do away with ineffective legislation, there are two critical reasons to be deliberate. First, as intended by the Founders, the laboratory of democracy is working well. We can learn from the mistakes that Colorado makes in implementing decriminalization, and spare our citizens and neighbors the unintended harm of injudicious action. Secondly, the real act of decriminalization will occur at the federal level. Many thought our current President would ease regulations on marijuana, but he has only stepped up enforcement. Enacting legislation that decriminalizes marijuana would put Texans in the uncomfortable position of being further subject to federal scrutiny. When federal agencies are wielded as blunt instruments to harass citizens and infringe upon their liberties, we must push reforms in Washington first. As public servants, our primary duty is to those who have trusted us with elected office. To put them, needlessly, in Washington's cross hairs is an abrogation of that sacred trust.[4]

—Ben Sanders, E-mail communication with Ballotpedia[5]

Property tax reforms

In an article written for "TribTalk," a publication of The Texas Tribune, Sanders outlined his views on the Texas property tax system.[6] He highlighted two key problems in his view: the property tax burden on retired homeowners and the ambiguous assessment process for residential properties. To alleviate the first problem, he proposed "a homestead exemption increase for seniors 65 and over to $150,000." To make the assessment process more transparent, Sanders proposed two reforms: to "tighten the definition of 'comparable property' when appraising the value of a home" and to "mandate price disclosure on commercial property to enable 'apples to apples' evaluation." He promised to pursue these policies if elected comptroller.[6]

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Sanders for Comptroller 2014 Campaign Contact Information[1]

  • Campaign Address: 681 Cowboys Pkwy. #3138; Irving, TX 75063
  • Campaign Phone: 469-262-6050
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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 E-mail submission to Ballotpedia, May 11, 2014
  2. Politics1, "Texas," accessed November 12, 2013
  3. Independent Political Report, "Texas, Wisconsin Libertarian Conventions This Weekend," 4/11/2014
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  5. E-mail communication with Ballotpedia, E-mail to Kristen Mathews, January 27, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 TribTalk, "A Libertarian's take on property taxes," July 6, 2014