Watertown, S.D. – Bengs grew up in a working-class family in a small town in northern Iowa. Wanting to obtain a bachelor’s degree in history, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to help pay for school. He later joined the Air Force and is now a veteran who served for over 19 years. After his retirement in 2016, he and his wife and two daughters moved to Aberdeen, where he taught criminal justice at Northern State University. Bengs is hoping to have in-depth discussions with voters and is asking communities to encourage a forum where he may debate with the other candidates. “The United States has the world’s oldest democracy. Let’s model that democracy and debate issues openly,” said Bengs. “I’m happy to talk about reproductive rights, healthcare, immigration and gun safety, but no one has reached out to me to get this started.” Read the article here.