I read with much interest and appreciation your article of April 22, "Special education instructor announces his bid for Senate." ... I can absolutely vouch for the character of this candidate for the 24th state Senate District, Lee Benedict - for I am his mother.
In an age when so many people are disillusioned with their leaders - those who are to lead by example - I strongly believe that my son, and others like him, are badly needed in leadership positions.
I never remember Lee giving his parents any problem as he grew into the man he is today. Even as a youth, his character was honorable.
Lee was active in sports during his school years. I also remember that he still took all his education seriously and today is a highly educated man. ... He later served honorably in the United States Army... .
Lee shoveled walks or worked minimum-wage jobs in his youth to earn his way, never "hung out" on street corners, and didn't chase women. He dated a bit, fell in love, married the woman he loved, and had a child - in that order.
Lee's precious son was long ago diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and autism. Like other parents of "special needs" children, Lee and his wife, Eva, have had to fight with everything they have to get all the help they can for their son. Lee has strongly committed himself to help other special needs students while being a high school special education teacher. Serving in the Senate, he would be a strong advocate for other parents and their children.
There is a lot more that Lee wishes to share with your readers, and it is my hope that they will check out his Website at www.leebenedict.com. ...
Remember to vote Tuesday! ...
Joan Benedict, New Windsor, N.Y.
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