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Sebastian Benitez is a candidate for the Ogden city council. He faces Bart Blair in the vote that culminates on November 2, 2021.

OGDEN – Sebastian Benitez lost to incumbent Mike Caldwell in Ogden’s mayoral race in 2015, but he doesn’t let that loss stop him from fighting for another chance to serve and represent others.

“I really lost, but I got my point across and things are working out,” said Benitez, referring to public sidewalks, parks and the body cameras of Ogden officers.

Benitez believes he would be more effective at solving city-wide issues like the budget if he could get a seat on city council. Benitez is running for a general seat against the incumbent Bart Blair, current president of the city council, who will end his third term in December. All positions on the board are for a four-year term.

Two terms are enough, Benitez said. He thinks the city council needs new eyes and new ideas. He declined to discuss his ideas on how to budget the city, instead pointing to his success story of owning two businesses and never having incurred debt in 25 years.

In addition to creating a fair budget for all residents of the community, Benitez wants to participate in improving air quality. After a tornado ravaged Weber County in 2017, he donated 500 trees to the city, for a prize of $ 10,000.

“I will continue to push and get involved to improve the quality of life,” he said.

Benitez said he didn’t want to cause any problems; he just wants to see positive changes in the city he and his family have grown to love.

Six years after moving his family from Paraguay to Ogden in 2001, Benitez started Intermountain Cleaning Service and currently has a contract with the city to clean windows.

Benitez spoke four languages ​​before coming to the United States. He now speaks five of them after learning to speak English on his own. Son of a sailor in the Paraguayan Navy, he lived in nine countries before coming to America.

“I learned a lot and I need to learn more,” Benitez said. “I run to be of service.

The general elections are set for November 2.

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