Chris Benjamin

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Chris Benjamin

Chris Benjamin

What makes you a good candidate? I am honest, dependable, trustworthy and not a politician.

What are your qualifications? I was elected to the Diamond Star Fire District Board for six years, filled a vacancy position on the Star Valley Town Council, served on the Gila County Planning and Zoning Commission and was chairman of Star Valley’s Water Task Force Committee.

All of these positions gave me experience, knowledge and contacts that are invaluable. I was also one of the key people involved in the incorporation of Star Valley, being one of the founding members of the Diamond Star Water Coalition and Diamond Rim Investors LLC. In addition, I have owned and operated two successful businesses here in Star Valley for the past 30 years.

Because of my experience and the amount of time I have lived in Star Valley, I think that gives me an advantage for knowing the issues and challenges this town faces better than most.

Why do you want this position? I feel that some of our current town leaders are out of touch with the fact that we incorporated to protect our water and there is still a lot of work that needs to be completed.

What is your No. 1 priority and how are you going to accomplish this? Preserving our lifestyle.

I have learned a lot over the past five years regarding our water and I think that information can help ensure that our future generations will enjoy the same lifestyle that we did before the Tower Well.

What has been Star Valley’s biggest success? Without a doubt, the incorporation of the town in a short amount of time was nothing short of a miracle.

This proves what great residents we have in Star Valley and that we are able to work together for a common cause just like a family.

What has been Star Valley’s biggest failure? Some of our past managers and leaders, the failure of the Windmill Crossing project in Freegard’s Meadow and the fact that our town has dropped the ball in acquiring land from the Forest Service. This land is vital for future town parks and recreation, municipal buildings and services and possibly light industry.

Do you think the area needs more jobs, restaurants or businesses? If so, how do you propose attracting these things? I think so, but Star Valley has a great deal of work to do before we can actually attract light industry and those type of jobs. I think, when the economy turns around, we will see a new restaurant or two and possibly a few new businesses.

What is your viewpoint on water? Without it, we all fail!

As you can see from reading my prior responses, water is my No. 1 issue. Their are some major hurdles ahead, but I feel in the end, Star Valley will come out with protection and control of this finite resource.

Any additional comments? I have been labeled by some as the person that just wants to continue a fight with Payson.

The fact is the Tower Well is in and fighting will not change that. What I am concerned about is the amount of water that Payson plans to pump from the Tower Well. I will work to hold Payson to a sustainable pumping practice.

If elected, I will do everything humanly possible to preserve our lifestyle, protect our resources and be available to the residents of Star Valley, pure and simple.

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