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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 68

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Benjamin Yu

Businessman/City Commissioner
12,503 votes (9.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Building of the Orange County Veteran's Cemetery
  • Ending the epidemic of homeless veterans in California
  • Easing the cost of living and tax burden on Californians

Experience

Biography

Benjamin Yu is a Christian, husband, father, service-disabled veteran, and well-known community activist. He immigrated to the United States with his family, grew up in the humble neighborhood in New York City, and served after the 9/11 terrorist attack while working for a firm in Wall Street.

 

“I looked to the Statue of Liberty with tears in my eyes. My first job was shoveling snow and removing the condo complex trash. I’ve worn blue collars, white collars, and a uniform which gave me the opportunity to go to college with the GI Bill.” Benjamin’s journey of the American Dream encompassed New England, the heartland of America, Pacific Northwest, and Southern California. His profound love of his adopted land, and diverse life experience coupled with resiliency and hard work, attributed to his success from a barehanded immigrant to a community leader.

 

Benjamin and his wife are small business owners. They reside in the city of Lake Forest in the beautiful Saddleback Valley. Benjamin is committed to his community and has been actively involved in many organizations for veterans, homeless, and immigrants. At present, Benjamin serves as a commissioner for the City's Traffic and Parking Commission and board members of several organizations. Their daughter Caroline goes to a Christian school as they believe scientific teaching and character building is the essence of life success and affection for the community and country. They will carry the burden until the state legislature gradually lifts the education standard and grants parental choice in certain curriculum and schools.


Since my days volunteering as DAV chapter legislator, I could’ve never imagined running for public office. However, the sense of urgency caused by the current direction of the community and its effect on our way of life spurred me to action. I am blessed to raise my family in Orange County and humbled by the encouragement and support for taking up the baton. I will always passionately serve the interest of my constituents and selflessly fulfill my duty to my community with honor and integrity.


With his diverse life experience, Benjamin Yu can bring people from all walks of life together and seek solutions through common ground. His reputation, background, and demonstrated leadership will allow him to best represent the common values of State Assembly 68th district. His common-sense approach will guide balanced growth and protect the middle-class with strong emphasis on education, public safety, and fiscal responsibility. Benjamin will bridge and help build a community of inclusiveness and diversity. He is a person we can trust safeguard our success and the path to the American Dream for generations to come.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $177,857

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of Omni Partners
$100,000
2
Employees of Farmers
$4,700
2
Shan's Management Mowry, LLC
$4,700
3
Employees of NY/NJ protective services LLC
$2,500
4
Keep Smile Trading USA, Inc
$2,408

More information about contributions

By State:

California 93.63%
Washington 2.77%
New York 1.44%
Oklahoma 1.15%
Other 1.01%
93.63%

By Size:

Large contributions (97.47%)
Small contributions (2.53%)
97.47%

By Type:

From organizations (4.85%)
From individuals (95.15%)
95.15%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Our State Legislature in Sacramento continues to defy our common values.  Every aspect of our lives is subject to regulation in their eyes.  We are taxed at every turn with the ultimate objective of becoming dependent on the state government.  The elitists in Sacramento have forced millions of hardworking families to live paycheck to paycheck.  In fact, many are just one payday away from homelessness, bankruptcy or poverty.  We can do better, and we absolutely must! 

 

The United States, California and Orange County remain among the most desired places in the world to live!  I believe Ronald Reagan thought of Orange County when he mentioned the "Shining City on a Hill!"  It's the home to great hope and prosperity.  Many seeking the "American Dream" from abroad arrive in Orange County in pursuit of happiness!  It is a beacon of free enterprise, strong family values, and religious freedom. 

 

But our legislators have lost sight of why California is known as the Golden State.  We must return choice in education to parents, we need to reduce taxes for the middle class, we need to support law enforcement and reassure our Orange County families that this is a safe place to raise their children and grandchildren.  We need to honor our Veterans and build the Orange County Veteran's Cemetery! 

 

We must exercise common sense in decision making and ignore special interests when it comes to doing what is best for our county and state.  We must assure a fair ballot measure process, one that does not "trick" people into voting for a specified agenda as was the case with the Gas Tas Repeal and Prop. 13.  We must protect and preserve social equality and assure that as our Constitution states, all men are created equal and have the opportunity to achieve happiness and the American Dream.

 

I'm running for State Assembly because I've been blessed... blessed to live the American Dream... blessed to call Orange County, California my home.  I'm blessed by God by a loving wife and beautiful daughter... and I owe it to them, and to you and your family to represent Orange County in a manner that you deserve.  If elected, you will get everything I have.  I will not rest until as a resident of Orange County, you sleep at night feeling as blessed as I do.  I'm not running to just "hold" office, I'm running to be your representative.  Join me in making Orange County the home we always dreamed of, and know it can be!

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