David Bender

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David Bender
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Former candidate for
West Virginia House of Delegates, District 16
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolNitro High School
Campaign website
David Bender was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 16 of the West Virginia House of Delegates.[1]


Bender is a West Virginia native. He graduated from Nitro High School in 2012 and is currently studying political science at Marshall University.[2] In addition to studying, Bender also works retail.[3]

Bender is a member of the National Rifle Association, College Republicans, Young Americans for Liberty and Young Americans for Freedom.[3]


Campaign themes


Bender's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

  • Civil Liberties
Excerpt: "Civil Liberties are a key aspect of our freedom and are our rights as citizens of the United States. The role of government in civil liberties is not to oppress the minority in the name of the majority but to instead create a series of laws and protections designed to provide equal opportunity which does not necessarily guarantee equal results. I support every humans right to fair access to an education, employment, housing, and goods. This in effect means I will support any measure that creates a fair system in which we can all work to achieve our goals without inhibiting the rights of others."
  • Education Reform, Improving Education for ALL West Virginians
Excerpt: " Currently West Virginia ranks 38th in ACT scores having had scores drop over the past several years; currently our 8th graders also rank 47th in reading and math. These statistics are unacceptable, we continue to spend more and more on education yet we get less and less out of it. According to the US Census WV spends $11,527 per pupil -- up 28% since 2005 yet education is not any better, we need change not just put patches in our system. Education reform is the key to building a bright future for West Virginia."
  • Infrastructure
Excerpt: "According to a 2008 study conducted by the American Society of Civil Engineers, West Virginia has numerous problems in terms of infrastructure including:
  • 39% of West Virginia’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
  • There are 245 high hazard dams in West Virginia. A high hazard dam is defined as a dam whose failure would cause a loss of life and significant property damage.
  • 37% of West Virginia’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • West Virginia’s drinking water infrastructure needs an investment of $862 million over the next 20 years.
  • Energy Production for A Brighter Future
Excerpt: "Coal has been the backbone of our state's economy for decades and will continue to be that backbone for decades to come. However, we as citizens have a responsibility to ourselves and future generations to ensure that we are taking advantage of all of our energy resources to ensure sustainability throughout the 21st century. West Virginia has been blessed countless energy reserves including natural gas, wind, solar, oil, hydroelectric, nuclear, geothermal, and bioenergy resources. The purpose of these energies is by no means to replace coal but to create an atmposphere in which West Virginia can continue to export power to other parts of the nation and truly become the nation's powerhouse."
  • The Smaller the Government, the Freer the Individual
Excerpt: "I believe, as did Ronald Reagan, that government is not the solution to our problem but that government is the problem. That being said, I believe that government must play a minimal role in our economy and that we must rely on the American engine of entrepreneurship and ingenuity to propel our state into the 21st century and develop a prosperous economy. In order to do this we must stop trying to find a government originated solution and instead focus on getting government out of the way so the private sector can grow."
  • Tax Plans for a Modern Economy
Excerpt: "Taxes are a vital source of revenue for all governments however, our current tax system imposes radically high rates on all West Virginians creating a burden on our state's economy. As you will commonly hear in politics Republicans are the party of "lower" taxes, and while I am extremely supportive of lower taxes, I keep in mind that a taxing gas at fifty cents a gallon versus sixty cents is a "lower" tax, therefore I believe that LOW taxes are the solution not just lower taxes. Currently our tax code is stuck, not in the previous century but in the 19th century. In order to grow our economy and create new, higher paying jobs we must reform all taxes across the board."
  • The Second Amendment
Excerpt: "I am in favor of passing legislation which allows the following:
  • Allows all citizens over the age of eighteen to purchase a weapon, and with proper training, be allowed a permit to conceal their weapon.
  • Secondly, I believe students on college campuses who have met these criteria should be allowed to possess their weapons at state-owned institutions of higher learning.
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Healthcare is a complex issue however, one aspect of healthcare that is not so complex is that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is one of the most harmful and intrusive Acts ever allowed by Congress. I believe the State of West Virginia should do everything in its power to defend its citizens from Obamacare and stand up for freedom and sanity at all levels of our state's government. I believe healthcare is a private matter and that all citizens reserve the choice to choose whether or not they want health insurance. That being said, if elected I will introduce legislation which, under the Tenth Amendment declares that West Virginia, as a sovereign state, refutes any efforts by the federal government to mandate its citizens to purchase health insurance. Second, we must act to pass legal reforms to protect doctors from lawsuits gone wild and insure that they receive just treatment from our judicial system. Furthermore I will introduce legislation which defunds the Obamacare state heath exchange set up by Democrats and send the bill for it right back to the Federal Government which has overstepped its bounds in this matter."
  • Campaign Financing
Excerpt: "In a landmark decision in 2010, our nation's Supreme Court ruled that money is speech and that corporations have the same rights as individuals. Furthering this notion, I believe that any limits on campaign contributions and spending are in clear violation of the law. Given this, I also believe that the State of West Virginia reserves the right to institute campaign spending limits to which individual campaigns can either agree to, or opt out of. Furthermore, I believe in full campaign spending disclosures which includes: stating how much money has been received, who it was received from, and how it is spent. Furthering my commitment to transparency, beginning in January of 2014 I will be publishing all campaign spending records here on my website."



See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2014

Elections for the office of West Virginia House of Delegates took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 13, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 25, 2014. District 16 is represented by three delegates. Incumbent James Morgan, Sean Hornbuckle and Lauren Plymale were unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Carol Miller, Dale Anderson II and Patrick Lucas defeated David Bender and Lionel Jones in the Republican primary. Hornbuckle, Morgan and Miller defeated Lucas, Plymale and Anderson in the general election.[1][5]

West Virginia House of Delegates District 16, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Miller Incumbent 21.2% 5,904
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSean Hornbuckle 17.6% 4,906
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Morgan 17.3% 4,824
     Republican Patrick Lucas 16.3% 4,556
     Democratic Lauren Plymale 13.9% 3,881
     Republican Dale Anderson II 13.8% 3,839
Total Votes 27,910

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