Daniel Benson

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Daniel Benson
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New Jersey General Assembly District 14
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2014
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
AppointedJanuary 10, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University
Master'sRutgers University, 1999
Personal
Birthday11/22/1975
Place of birthTrenton, NJ
ProfessionLegislator
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Daniel Benson (b. November 22, 1975) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 14th District since 2011. He was selected to replace Linda Greenstein, who was elected to the state Senate.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Benson ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 14. Benson is bracketed with Wayne DeAngelo. He was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. He is challenged by Ronald Haas (R) and Steve Cook (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[2][3]

2011

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Benson won re-election in 2011. He and incumbent Wayne DeAngelo ran unopposed in the June 7 primary. They then defeated and Wayne Wittman, Sheree McGowan, and Steven Welzer in the November 8 general election.[4]

New Jersey General Assembly District 14 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWayne DeAngelo Incumbent 29% 26,626
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Benson Incumbent 28% 25,662
     Republican Sheree McGowan 20.9% 19,135
     Republican Wayne Wittman 20.8% 19,100
     Green Steven Welzer 1.3% 1,189
Total Votes 91,712

Speculation

Asbury Park Press

District 14 is one of only three districts that the Asbury Park Press identified as competitive in 2011. The other two are Districts 2 and 38. Districts 2 and 38 may lean more Republican after 2011 redistricting, and District 14 may still favor Democrats. As evidence, they cite a drop in registered Democrats in Districts 2 and 38, and only a small decrease in registered Democrats in District 14. History has shown, argues APP, that districts where Democrats hold less than a 10,000 registered voter advantage typically favor the GOP. The Democratic registration advantage in District 14 is roughly 21,000, (down from 25,000).[5]

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Benson received $293,200 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Daniel Benson's campaign in 2011
New Jersey Education Association$16,400
New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters$16,400
Communications Workers New Jersey$13,200
Afscme$10,000
Communications Workers Local 1036$9,200
Total Raised in 2011 $293,200
Total Votes received in 2011 25,662
Cost of each vote received $11.43

Endorsements

2011

Benson was endorsed by:

Personal

Benson is married to the former Hande Yurttan

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Political offices
Preceded by
Linda Greenstein
New Jersey General Assembly District 14
2011–present
Succeeded by
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