Knute Buehler

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Knute Buehler
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Candidate for
Oregon House of Representatives District 54
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolRoseburg High School
Bachelor'sOregon State University
Master'sOxford University
M.D.Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Personal
Place of birthRoseburg, Oregon
ProfessionOrthopedic Surgeon
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website
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Knute Buehler is a 2014 Republican candidate for District 54 of the Oregon House of Representatives.

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.[1][2]

Biography

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.[3]

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.[4]

Education

  • 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

Political career

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."[3]

Elections

2014

See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oregon House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Craig Wilhelm was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Knute Buehler was unopposed in the Republican primary. Buehler is also running on the Independent party and Libertarian party tickets. Wilhelm and Buehler will face off in the general election.[5][6]

2012

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).[7][8]

Oregon Secretary of State General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKate Brown Incumbent 51.4% 863,656
     Republican Knute Buehler 43.3% 727,607
     Green Seth Woolley 2.6% 44,235
     Libertarian Bruce Alexander Knight 1.4% 24,273
     Progressive Robert Wolfe 1.3% 21,783
Total Votes 1,681,554
Election Results via Oregon Secretary of State.


Oregon Secretary of State Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKnute Buehler 98.5% 193,043
Write-ins 1.5% 2,973
Total Votes 196,016


Issues

  • 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.[9]

  • Voter-ID

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.[10] 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."[10]


"Big Reforms"

Endorsements

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.[11] 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.[12]

Money in the race

2012 Race: Top Ten Donors[14]

Donor Amount
James Young $90,000.00
Phillip H Knight $50,000.00
Patricia Buehler $30,000.00
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
Larry Keith $10,000.00
Murphy $10,000.00
Bizzy B Seven LLC $10,000.00

Campaign donors

2012

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.

Personal

Buehler currently resides in Bend, Oregon with wife Patty and their two teenage children, Owen and Hannah.

Contact

Oregon

Tel: (458) 206-0647
Email: info@knutebuehler.com

See also

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