Growing up in the Coachella Valley and starting his own computer networking business in 2001, Council Member Ben Benoit moved to the City of Wildomar in 2004. After personally going though the development process of building a house off of an unmaintained dirt road in Wildomar, he became a strong supporter of the effort to incorporate Wildomar as a City in order to bring local control to the community.
Having been involved in Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Benoit was encouraged to run for the Wildomar City Council in 2010 and was elected. He served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2011 and Mayor in 2012.
Council Member Benoit serves on Western Regional Council of Governments (WRCOG) and was a part of the Board when it won the President's Award for Excellence from Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) for WRCOG's HERO program. The HERO Financing Program is the nation's largest Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, and Council Member Benoit is a strong supporter of bringing this program to other municipalities throughout California.
Serving on Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), Council Member Benoit has been a strong supporter of helping further Metrolink's reach into Riverside County. He sits on the Perris Valley Line (PVL) ad hoc committee, and hopes to see this important project move to construction in 2013.
In addition, serving on two conservation boards, Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority (RCA) and as Vice-Chair of Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency (RCHCA), Council Member Benoit understands the need to meet Federal mandates while supporting local businesses.
Council Member Benoit's community involvement is motivated by his family. "My daughter Abby is the primary reason I decided to become politically involved. Wanting to ensure a better quality of life for her is the primary reason I spend so much time focused on improving our community."