Ben was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has dedicated his life to serving people with mental health needs and disabilities. He has managed group homes and served as psych tech at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute. He volunteers at the Utah State Prison as well as the University Neuropsychiatric Institute. He has been a progressive political activist for many years. Being involved in Wolf-Pac he also volunteered with the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign. He has decided to run for congress because he believes that congress needs to truly represent working people, the disabled, veterans, farmers and consumers.