|Secretary of State of Oregon|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|High school||Roseburg High School|
|Bachelor's||Oregon State University|
|M.D.||Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine|
|Place of birth||Roseburg, Oregon|
Knute Buehler was the Republican and Independent party's nominee for Oregon Secretary of State in the 2012 election. He faced Democratic incumbent secretary of state Kate Brown and two third party candidates in the general election on November 6, 2012, which Brown won.
As the third child born to a butcher father and stay at home mother in Roseburg, neither of whom attended college, Buehler had a true blue collar upbringing. After graduating from Roseburg High School, Buehler went on to study Microbiology at Oregon State University. He became the first student in the University's history to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, leading him across the pond to Oxford University. There, he earned an M.A. in Politics and Economy. Buehler returned to the states to attend Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The native Oregonian decided on Oregon Health & Science University for his Medical Residency, and has lived in the state ever since.
Currently, Buehler is an orthopedic surgeon at The Center for Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Care and Research. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Ford Family Foundation and St. Charles Health System.
- Roseburg High School
- B.S. in Microbiology, Oregon State University
- M.A. in Politics and Economics, Oxford University
- M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Prior to making his first election bid for secretary of state in 2012, Beuhler spent 20 years establishing his name in the local political community through his active involvement in ballot initiatives to reform campaign finance laws and to eradicate Oregon's closed partisan primary election system. Though he is registered Republican, Buehler identifies himself as a "post-partisan leader".
- See also: Oregon secretary of state election, 2012
Buehler ran in the 2012 election for Oregon secretary of state. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 15, 2012. Buehler was defeated by incumbent Kate Brown (Democratic, Working Families) in the general election on November 6, 2012, along with three third party candidates- Seth Woolley (Pacific Green), Bruce Alexander Knight (Libertarian), and Robert Wolfe (Progressive).
|Oregon Secretary of State General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Kate Brown Incumbent||51.4%||863,656|
|Libertarian||Bruce Alexander Knight||1.4%||24,273|
|Election Results via Oregon Secretary of State.|
|Oregon Secretary of State Republican Primary, 2012|
- Get Oregon Working
Buehler's experience as a small business owner taught him that the greatest impediment to small business growth in Oregon is "difficult, burdensome, and inconsistent" regulations. He devised a three-point approach to making the secretary of state's office less bureaucratic and more supportive of small business development.
According to a report published on August 29th in The Oregonian, Buehler is not unopposed, though the issue is not a focus of his campaign, to enacting measures to protect Oregon elections from voter fraud. "There is some concern about the integrity of the process, where it takes more ID to rent a movie at Blockbuster than it does to vote. There are thousands of ballots floating around in various locations during the process...I'm not sure we've done a thorough evaluation to see how we're dealing with these integrity issues," he said. His opponent, current secretary Brown, insists that the integrity is maintained by a reliable system of signature matching and Oregon's centralized voter registration database.
- Mail-in ballot system
Despite saying that "There are concerns about undue pressure to vote, because you don't have the privacy of a polling booth," Buehler wants to preserve Oregon's mail-in voting system. "The system is a popular element of the state's independent streak, he said, and he isn't hearing -- or pushing -- a move to return Oregonians to the polls."
In July, 2012, Buehler's campaign received a significant boost when the Independent Party voted 55-45% to endorse the Republican candidate over the Democratic incumbent, Brown. Under Oregon’s fusion-voting law, the GOP nominee for secretary of state is also permitted to list the Independent party's cross-nomination on the general election ballot. The Independent Party's support could be crucial to Buehler's chances of scoring an upset victory in November. There are roughly 76,000 registered Independent voters in Oregon--the highest number for a third party--and over 420,000 unaffiliated voters, many of whom choose not to be registered with a party as a form of protest against the restriction of freedoms imposed by traditional power structures and will likely be more sympathetic to a candidate with "independent," next to his name. Correspondingly, a large share of unaffiliated voters are reportedly unaware of the distinction between a candidate who is running "independently" of a party and a candidate running in affiliation with the Independent Party.
|Community Leaders Endorsement List|
Money in the race
2012 Race: Top Ten Donors
|Phillip H Knight||$50,000.00|
|Karl R Miller||$25,000.00|
|Seneca Jones Timber Company||$25,000.00|
|Howard M Koff||$10,000.00|
|Henry T Swigert||$10,000.00|
|Bizzy B Seven LLC||$10,000.00|
Buehler lost the election to the position of Oregon Secretary of State in 2012. During that election cycle, Buehler raised a total of $1,451,273.
|Oregon Secretary of State 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Knute Buehler's campaign in 2012|
|Philip H. Knight||$50,000|
|Oregon Republican Party||$46,052|
|Total Raised in 2012||$1,451,273|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Buehler currently resides in Bend, Oregon with wife Patty and their two teenage children, Owen and Hannah.
Knute Buehler for Secretary of State
1863 Pioneer Pkwy E Suite 610
Springfield, OR 97477–3907
Tel: (541) 915–3322
- Oregon Secretary of State
- Current Secretary of State Kate Brown
- Oregon secretary of state election, 2012
- Oregon state executive official elections, 2012
- Oregon Live, "2012 General Election Results," November 7, 2012
- Oregon Secretary of State, "Voter Guide," accessed October 18, 2012
- Buehler for Secretary of State, "Meet Knute", accessed February 22, 2012
- Oregon Secretary of State Candidate Filing, "Knute Buehler," accessed March 7, 2012
- Oregon Live, "2012 General Election Results," November 7, 2012
- Oregon Secretary of State, "Elections Division-Candidate Filing," accessed September 13, 2012
- Knute Buehler for Secretary of State 2012, "A Partner for Success," accessed March 7, 2012
- The Oregonian, "Oregon's the safe harbor from voter ID mania," August 29, 2012
- Independent Party of Oregon, "Primary Election Results," July 19, 2012
- Knute Buehler Official Campaign Website, "Knute wins independent party nomination," July 19, 2012
- Knute Buehler for Secretary of State 2012, "Endorsements," accessed October 1, 2012
- Oregon Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance Reports-Knute Buehler," accessed September 29, 2012