Benny Yerushalmi is a husband, a father, a local small business owner, and a lifelong Nevadan.
Benny is running for the Nevada State Senate because he believes in a better Nevada with more diverse industries and better schools-a Nevada with a more promising future.
The son of immigrants who came from Israel to build a better life, Benny was born and raised right here in Las Vegas and graduated from Clark High School in 1991. After earning a law degree from Stanford Law School and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Anderson School at U.C.L.A., Benny chose to come back home to help run his family's business, a business that employs over 100 people and has been part of the Las Vegas community for over 35 years.
Benny's parents, Mordechai and Vicki Yerushalmi, both grew up very poor. Believing in the American Dream, they started the family business, The Jewelers of Las Vegas, when Benny was 2 years old. During his early years, Benny was actually raised in a playpen at the first store while his parents worked long hours. Because of their struggles, Benny's parents always taught him the importance of helping others and giving back to the community.
During his time at Clark High School more than 20 years ago, Benny was already volunteering regularly, working every week with less fortunate children at Sunrise Acres elementary school and donating his time to several local organizations. Even to this day, the family supports many local charities in a wide range of areas, including multiple local schools and educational causes, critical community services, local churches and synagogues, medical organizations, and local cultural organizations. Most recently, Benny is proud to be one of the only Democrats appointed by Governor Sandoval to the newly-created bipartisan Nevada Board of Economic Development.
Benny's two brothers, his sister, and his wife, Vanessa, were also born and raised here. And they are all raising their children here because Las Vegas is their home. As a family man and a business man, Benny knows it's time for smarter government with a bold vision to reinvent Nevada for a brighter future.