Betsy Close

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Betsy Close
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Oregon State Senate District 8
Incumbent
In office
October 2012 - present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$22,596/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
AppointedOctober 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Oregon House of Representatives
1999-2005
Education
Bachelor'sWashington State University, Central Washington University
Master'sOregon State University
Personal
Birthday05/04/1950
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Betsy Close (b. May 4, 1950) is a Republican member of the Oregon State Senate, representing District 8. She was first appointed to the chamber on October 26, 2012, to replace Senator Frank Morse, who retired in September.[1]
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This candidate ran in a "race to watch" in one of the 20 chambers identified by Ballotpedia as a battleground chamber.

The Oregon Senate had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of two seats, which amounts to 13.3 percent of the seats up for election in 2014. In 2012, when 14 districts were up for election, a total of two districts were mildly competitive, with a margin of victory between 5 and 10 percent.

She previously served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1999-2005.

Biography

Close earned her B.A. from Washington State University in 1972, her B.A. from Central Washington University in 1974 and her M.S. from Oregon State University in 1978. Her professional experience includes working as a teacher.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Close served on the following committees:

Oregon Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary
Rural Communities and Economic Development

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Close's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[3]

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "To help support family-wage jobs, Senator Close has championed: New, lower tax rates for small businesses that give them the same competitive advantages enjoyed by big corporations."

Education

  • Excerpt: "The increase the quality and accessible of education in Oregon, Senator Close has championed: More classroom teachers to address Oregon’s dangerously large class sizes Longer school years, adding back to instruction time after years of cut-backs."

Public Safety

  • Excerpt: "In the pursuit of a safer, more secure Oregon, Senator Close: Cracked down on human trafficking by sponsoring Senate Bill 673 with Democrat Senator Betsy Johnson Supported increased mental health funding to help troubled people and to keep our communities safe."

Elections

2014

See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2014
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Elections for the office of Oregon State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Sara Gelser was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Betsy Close was unopposed in the Republican primary. Close also ran on the Libertarian ticket and Gelser also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Gelser defeated Close in the general election.[4][5]

The Oregon State Senate was a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The Oregon Senate had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of two seats, which amounts to 13.3 percent of the seats up for election in 2014. District 8 in the Senate was identified by Ballotpedia and the The Oregonian as a battleground district that could determine control of the Oregon State Senate. Incumbent Betsy Close (R) was defeated by Rep. Sara Gelser (D-16) in the general election. Close, from conservative Albany, was appointed to the chamber to replace Frank Morse (R), a more moderate Republican who retired. Gelser has served in the House for four terms, representing the liberal college town of Corvallis.[6] Before the general election, Gelser had raised $630,000, compared to $408,000 for Close. Gelser received more than $160,000 from the Senate Democratic campaign fund as well as donations from several union organizations.[7]

Oregon State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSara Gelser 55.9% 27,375
     Republican Betsy Close Incumbent 44.1% 21,571
Total Votes 48,946
Source: Oregon Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Betsy Close is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Betsy Close raised a total of $509,748 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.[8]

Betsy Close's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2004 Oregon Secretary of State Defeated $105,887
2002 Oregon State House, District 15 Won $173,856
2000 Oregon State House, District 36 Won $96,840
1998 Oregon State House, District 36 Won $133,165
Grand Total Raised $509,748

2004

Betsy Close lost the election for the Oregon Secretary of State in 2004. During that election cycle, Betsy Close raised a total of $105,887.

2002

Betsy Close won election to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Betsy Close raised a total of $173,856.

2000

Betsy Close won re-election to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Betsy Close raised a total of $96,840.

1998

Betsy Close won election to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Betsy Close raised a total of $133,165.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 77th Oregon State Legislature, first session, was in session from February 4 to July 9. In 2014, the 77th Oregon State Legislature, second session, was in session from February 3 to March 10.

  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills that impacted the businesses of family farmers and ranchers.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for issues that are important to AFT-Oregon. Priorities of the organization are based on the issues most important to its members working lives.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to the business community.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to civil liberties.
  • Legislators are scored based on their record in advocating for and advancing Oregon's public schools.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to Oregon's public schools.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to conservation.
  • Senators were scored on 14 key bills, while Representatives were graded on 17 bills.

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Close's endorsements included the following:[9]

  • Former State Senator Frank Morse
  • Representative Andy Olson
  • Linn County Commissioner John Lindsey
  • Linn County Commissioner Will Tucker
  • Linn County Commissioner Roger Nyquist

  • Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley
  • Retired Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller
  • Bill Currier, Adair Village Mayor
  • Oregon Farm Bureau
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)

Personal

Close and her husband, Chris, have four children.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Morse (R)
Oregon State Senate District 8
2012–present
Succeeded by
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