Why I Am Running
I am running for 34th District Representative to the Washington State House because I believe that you deserve a voice in Olympia that represents you. I am running to demonstrate that you don't have to be 40, 50 or 60 to participate in government.
Fiscal responsibility and Education reform are very important issues to me. As a Country, we have accumulated a debt of over $19 trillion dollars, and our state has a deficit over $10 billion dollars. This is unsustainable and I want do to something fix it.
Our Education system helps shape future generations. While there are many good parts of it, it is still not preforming to the best of it's ability. I have ideas on how to make it better and you can read about them on my issues page.
Thank you for your consideration and I hope that I receive your support in this election.
Matthew Benson is a 19 year old West Seattle native. He is the son of Jane and Gary Benson. Home schooled up through 11th grade, Matthew attend South Seattle College through the Running Start Program. He graduated with his High School Diploma and Associate of Arts Degree in the spring of 2015.
He is currently employed at Target as well as being a wedding video assistant, but would like to start his own Film production company.
He got his start in Politics by participating in the Washington YMCA Youth & Government program, a Youth civics program for 8th through 12th graders put on by the YMCA. He joined his 9th grade year as a Page, where he earned the Outstanding Page of the year award. In the following years, he served as a Assistant Attorney General and Senator. In 12th grade, he was elected as the 68th Youth Attorney General as well as representing Washington State at the YMCA Conference On National Affairs in the Blue Mountains of North Carolina.
In his free time, Matthew enjoys reading any number of sci-fi/fantasy books. As well as creating short films. He is also a part of the Adult Fans of Lego community in Seattle and has displayed creations at the annual Lego Convention in Seattle, Brickcon.