This month, we celebrated Independence Day, and it was a great opportunity for me to reflect on what I love about America. My parents had to flee communist Romania in the 80’s because they were very successful in doing the jobs assigned to them by the Communist Party, but that presented a problem for that Party because my parents are Christians. This inconvenient truth — their faith in God — placed the lives of everyone in our family at risk.
When I was 7, my parents were forced to flee Romania, leaving my siblings and me behind. Those were hard years for all of us, not knowing when, if ever, we would be allowed to come to America to be reunited with our parents. Thanks to the generosity of the U.S. and the work of a Catholic nonprofit, when I was 9, my younger siblings and I boarded a plane for the 18-hour trip to America, where we were finally reunited with our parents.
In my mind, my parents exemplify everything that is good and right about America — they sacrificed and risked everything because they truly believed that this was the land of freedom and opportunity. Having experienced the alternative, it is ingrained in me to fight for the freedoms that Arizonans deserve and protect the American values that this country was founded on.
I’m running for re-election to the State House of Representatives because I want to continue to be your voice in the State Capitol. We are a few weeks away from early primary balloting.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be reaching out to share more about my values and legislative priorities — in the meantime, if you want to learn more about my candidacy, you can check out my website at bentoma.com. It would be an honor to continue to serve as your State Representative for LD 22, and I’d appreciate your support and vote.
Yard signs are in so please email or text me (602-492-2620) with your address if you want one installed for you, or simply dropped off.