State Senator - Legislative District 17

Partisan Office, 4-year term - Clark*

Don Benton (Prefers Republican Party)

Elected Experience: Don Benton is our State Senator and the ranking Republican on the Financial Institutions, Housing and Insurance Committee and a member of the Government Operations, Tribal Relations and Elections Committee.

Other Professional Experience: Don owns the Benton Group, which helps local TV stations succeed.

Education: Cum Laude graduate of Concordia University

Community Service: Don and his wife Mary are active in our local community. Don is an Assistant Scout Master for the Boy Scouts, serves on the board of the Wolverton Mountain Gun Club and previously served on the board of the Clark County Red Cross. The family attends the First Church of God.

Statement: Don Benton is a small business owner, married 30 years, father of four, Scout leader and one of our state’s most principled elected leaders. He has a record of working across party lines to promote jobs, defend our public schools and balance the state budget. Benton knows that limited government is vital to our prosperity and liberty.

As the 2012 session neared the end it was clear the majority party simply could not pass a budget. This is when Senator Benton helped advance a bi-partisan budget that balanced without tax increases or gimmicks – ultimately breaking the log jam that had paralyzed Olympia, and leading to major reforms in our government. He voted to make education the number one priority in the state budget.

As a small business owner, Don knows that only people create jobs, not big government. He has voted to ease costly regulations and bring good-paying jobs to our community.

Benton has a record of working with leaders from both parties to pass important legislation, including a law that protects children from sexual predators. He defended voter approved limits on tax hikes. Don is honored to represent you and humbly asks for your vote again.

For more information:
(360) 574-4873

Tim Probst (Prefers Democratic Party)

Elected Experience: State Representative, 2008-2012. Economic Development Council's Outstanding Leadership Award. Skills Center's Legislator of the Year. Washington Student Association's Legislator of the Year. Association for Career and Technical Education's Legislator of the Year. Endorsed by business leaders, firefighters, League of Education Voters, and many others. Tim avoids partisan extremes and just does his job.

Other Professional Experience: Sixteen years experience as budget analyst, CEO of job placement organization, supporter of veterans programs.

Education: B.A., cum laude, Government and International Relations, University of Notre Dame.

Community Service: Chamber of Commerce, Skills Center Foundation, school volunteer, avid outdoorsman. The Probsts have raised their four children here since 1998.

Statement: Our community deserves independent, unifying, positive leadership, focused on the economy. We need unity, not partisan division. A father of four and former budget analyst, my moral compass is service to others. The only reason I do this job is to get real results for real people.

Protecting taxpayers: I've fought againstdebt and spending for years, opposed tax hikes, supported the rainy day fund and balanced budget requirements, and refused my own pay during special session.

A stronger economy: By working respectfully, empowering business leaders and citizens together, and designing solutions with clear return on investment for taxpayers, I passed my bipartisan economic agenda: 9,000 workers trained for new jobs, 2 laws cutting red tape for small businesses, 900 business internships for students, 3,000 scholarships for middle class families, lower dropout rates, the new WSU Vancouver engineering building, and job training benefits for our soldiers. When our troops come home, they deserve our support!

We need measurable results, not party ideology. We're blessed with the greatest nation in history. Let's exemplify unity and teamwork, and make America even better for our kids and grandkids. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, I ask for your vote. Far more unites us than divides us.

For more information:
(360) 989-7817