Sara Gelser

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Sara Gelser
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Current candidacy
Running for Oregon State Senate, District 8
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Oregon House of Representatives District 16
In office
2005-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$22,596/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sEarlham College, 1994
Master'sOregon State University, 1999
Personal
BirthdayDecember 20, 1973
Place of birthLas Vegas, NV
ReligionLutheran (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Sara A. Gelser (b. December 20, 1973) is a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 8 of the Oregon State Senate.

Gelser is a Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 16. She was first elected to the chamber in 2004. Gelser previously served as an assistant leader on politics for the Democratic Caucus in 2011.

Gelser served as a member on the Corvallis School Board from 2001-2006.

Biography

Gelser earned her bachelor's degree in History and Education from Earlham College in 1994 and her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Oregon State University in 1999. Her professional experiences includes working as a substitute teacher for Richmond Community School System, as a regional coordinator for the Oregon Parent Training and Information Center, as a policy analyst for the Oregon Department of Human Services, as a parent educator for Linn-Benton Community College, as a youth minister for Grace Lutheran Church, as the founder of FG Syndrome Family Alliance and as regional coordinator for the Coalition in Oregon for Parent Education.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Oregon Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Chair
Human Services and Housing
Revenue

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Gelser's campaign website highlights the following issues:[2]

Creating jobs and opportunity

  • Excerpt: "In the State Senate, Sara will: Fight to Increase the Minimum Wage."

Protecting our healthcare system

  • Excerpt: "In the State Senate, Sara will work to expand access to life-saving mental health treatment, especially among young people."

Protecting our personal freedoms & rights

  • Excerpt: "Sara Gelser is proudly pro-choice and will always defend women's access to reproductive health care services. Sara is also a longtime supporter of equal rights for LGBT Oregonians."

Protecting our children's education

  • Excerpt: "In the State Senate, we can count on Sara to: Advocate for more workforce development programs at our community colleges."

Protecting our natural treasures

  • Excerpt: "In the State Senate, Sara will continue to be a champion for the environment and build on her work to: Invest in alternative energy resources."

Elections

2014

See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oregon State Senate 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. Sara Gelser was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Betsy Close was unopposed in the Republican primary. Close is running on the Libertarian ticket and Gelser is running on the Working Families Party ticket. Gelser and Close will face off in the general election.[3][4]

2012

See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gelser won re-election in the 2012 election for Oregon House of Representatives District 16. Gelser was unopposed in the May 15 Democratic primary and defeated Andrew Decker (R) and Rachel Feigner (L) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

Oregon House of Representatives, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSara Gelser Incumbent 70.2% 19,306
     Republican Andrew Decker 26.7% 7,336
     Libertarian Rachel Feigner 3.2% 876
Total Votes 27,518

2010

See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2010

Gelser won re-election to District 16 in 2010. She had no primary opposition but was challenged by Rose Cook in the general election which took place on November 2, 2010.[8][9]

Oregon State House, District 16
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sara Gelser (D) 15,782
Rose Cook (R) 7,096

2008

See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Gelser ran unopposed and won election to Oregon State House District 16.[10][11]

Oregon State House District 16
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sara Gelser (D) 21,641
Misc. 669

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gelser is available dating back to . Based on available campaign finance records, Gelser raised a total of $390,854 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 13, 2013.[12]

Sara Gelser's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Oregon State House, District 16 Won $54,289
2010 Oregon State House, District 16 Won $65,144
2008 Oregon State House, District 16 Won $77,229
2006 Oregon State House, District 16 Won $109,131
2004 Oregon State House, District 16 Defeated $85,061
Grand Total Raised $390,854

2012

Gelser won re-election to the Oregon State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Gelser raised a total of $54,289.
Oregon State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sara Gelser's campaign in 2012
Gelser, Peter$7,000
Acres, Jo A.$5,300
Oregon Federation of Teachers$2,000
Nike$2,000
Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$54,289
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Gelser won re-election to the Oregon State House in 2010. During that election cycle, Gelser raised a total of $65,144.

2008

Gelser won re-election to the Oregon State House in 2008. During that election cycle, Gelser raised a total of $77,229.

2006

Gelser won re-election to the Oregon State House in 2006. During that election cycle, Gelser raised a total of $109,131.

2004

Gelser lost the election for the Oregon State House in 2004. During that election cycle, Gelser raised a total of $85,061.

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.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 76th Oregon State Legislature, first session, was in session from February 1 to June 30. In 2012, the 76th Oregon State Legislature, second session, was in session from February 1 to March 6.

  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills pertaining to animals.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to civil liberties.
  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for issues that are important to to specific locals or to Council 75 as a whole.

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Gelser's endorsements include the following:[13]

  • SEIU Local 503
  • NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association)
  • Oregon Council of Police Associations
  • Oregon Education Association (OEA)
  • Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA)

  • American Federation of Teachers (AFT-Oregon)
  • Basic Rights Oregon Equality-PAC
  • Oregon School Employees Association
  • AFSCME Local 75
  • Oregon AFL-CIO

Personal

Sara Gelser was born December 20, 1973, in Las Vegas, Nevada and raised in Corvallis, Oregon. She is currently married to Peter Gelser with four children.[1]

Organizations

  • Founder, FG Syndrome Family Alliance
  • Member, Grace Lutheran Church, Corvallis
  • Member, National Early Childhood Transition and Research Council Advisory Board
  • Member, Zonta, Corvallis Chapter
  • Past Member, Linn-Benton-Lincoln Education Service District
  • Vice-President/President/Board Member, The Arc of Benton County.

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees

  • National Early Childhood Transition and Research Council Advisory Board
  • Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • Oregon Dispute Resolution Board, Oregon Department of Education
  • State Interagency Coordinating Council.

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Preceded by
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Oregon House of Representatives - District 16
2005–present
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