Claire Ayer

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Claire Ayer
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Vermont Senate Addison District
Incumbent
In office
2003 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Assistant Majority Leader
2013-present
Compensation
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMiddlebury College
OtherJeanne Mance School of Nursing
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 21, 1948
Place of birthQuincy, MA
ProfessionBoard Director
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Claire D. Ayer (b. September 21, 1948) is a Democratic member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Addison District. She was first elected to the chamber in 2002. She currently serves as Assistant Majority Leader.

Biography

Ayer earned her NR from Jeanne Mance School of Nursing in 1969. She went on to receive her B.A. in Environmental Studies.

Ayer worked as a registered nurse for Middlebury Obstetrics-Gynecology. She has worked as a director on the board for Otter Creek Natural Resources Conservation District since 1992.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Operations
Health and Welfare, Chair
Rules, Vice-chair
Health Care Oversight, Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ayer served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Ayer served on these committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Vermont State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 26, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 12, 2014. Addison has two state senators. Incumbents Claire Ayer and Christopher Bray were unopposed in the Democratic primary, and are unchallenged in the general election.[1]

2012

See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

Ayer won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Addison District. Ayer was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and won re-election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Vermont State Senate, Addison District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngClaire Ayer Incumbent 46.3% 12,925
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Bray 35.5% 9,904
     Independent Robert Wagner 18.1% 5,059
Total Votes 27,888

2010

See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2010

Ayer defeated Andrea Ochs (R), Mark Young (R), and Robert Wagner (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010. She ran for re-election to the 1st District Seat (Addison District) in 2010. She was unopposed in the primary.[2]

Vermont State Senate, Addison District General Election 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Claire Ayer (D) 9,520
Green check mark transparent.png Harold Giard (D) 7,369
Andrea Ochs (R) 4,252
Mark Young (R) 6,991
Robert Wagner (I) 1,128

2008

On November 4, 2008, Ayer won re-election by finishing first for the two-seat Addison District of the Vermont State Senate, receiving 15,960 votes ahead of Democrat Harold Giard (13,955) and write-ins (337).[3]

Ayer raised $6,012 for her campaign.[4]

Vermont State Senate, Addison District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Claire Ayer (D) 15,960
Green check mark transparent.png Harold Giard (D) 13,955
Write-ins 337

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ayer is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Ayer raised a total of $20,947 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[5]

Claire Ayer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State Senate, District Addison Won $6,833
2010 Vermont State Senate, District Addison Won $8,102
2008 Vermont State Senate, District Addison Won $6,012
Grand Total Raised $20,947

2012

Ayer won re-election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ayer raised a total of $6,833.
Vermont State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Claire Ayer's campaign in 2012
Sinding, Monica Knorr$300
Afl-cio$300
Hurd, Gale S$300
Vermont State Dental Society$250
Contributions By Candidate$235
Total Raised in 2012$6,833
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Ayer received $8,102 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Vermont State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Claire Ayer's campaign in 2010
Ayer, Claire$485
Vermont Association Of Realtors$400
Patient Choices Vermont Victory Fund$350
Vermont State Dental Society$300
Association Of Vermont Credit Unions$300
Total Raised in 2010 $8,102

2008

Ayer raised $6,012 for the 2008 election, with most of it ($4,962) from unitemized contributions.

Her major contributors are listed below.[7]

Donor Amount
Richard Forte $250
Vermont Troopers Foundation $200
John Lord $200
Sue and Charlie Grigg $200
James Maroney, Jr. $200

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 9 to May 14. In 2014, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 7 to May 10.

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2011-2012

In 2011, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 5 through mid May. In 2012, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 3 to May 5.

  • Legislators are scored based on whether or not their votes aligned with VBSR’s stance on each policy.
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  • Legislators are scored based on voting records on VPIRG-backed legislation to promote clean energy, reduce exposure to toxins, make health care more accessible and affordable and protect our democracy.

Voting record

2011-2012

The Ethan Allen Institute, a Vermont-based free-market public policy research and education organization, released its biennial publication, the Vermont Voters' Report Card, for the years 2011-2012. The report showed how Vermont legislators in the state House and state Senate voted on key issues important to the Institute.[8] Here's how Ayer voted on the selected bills:

Vermont Voters Scorecard, 2011-2012
National Popular Vote Green Mountain Care Green Mountain Care Green Mountain Care Tax Bill Free Speech Health Exchange CVPS Rebate Cloud Computing
Y N N Y Y Y Y Y N

Personal

Ayer and her husband Alan have three children.

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