Bill Bradbury

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Bill Bradbury
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Oregon Secretary of State
Former officeholder
In office
1999-2008
PartyDemocratic
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ReligionQuaker
Bill Bradbury (born 1949) is the former Secretary of State of Oregon. Bradbury, a Democrat, previously served in the Oregon Legislative Assembly, and ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Senator Gordon Smith in 2002. Bradbury ran for the Democratic nomination in Oregon's 2010 Gubernatorial election, but lost in the primary.

Background

Bradbury was born and raised in Chicago. He graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1960. He moved to Bandon, Oregon, in 1971, remarking that it was "the most beautiful place he could imagine living." He set up a small business in Bandon before making steps into politics. For fourteen years Bradbury served in the Oregon State Legislature, representing districts in the southern part of the Oregon Coast, and achieving the leadership post of Senate President. He also went on to direct a local non-profit organization.

Bradbury has long coped with the effects of multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease of the central nervous system. "For me, the challenge is always to make sure I pay attention to taking care of myself," he has said. "As long as I do that, I can be a full participant in public life. It is a continual challenge, one all of us face every day. But it is clearer to me because the consequences of not taking care of myself are not pretty." [1]

He currently lives in Salem with his wife Katy. They have two grown children.

Duties as Secretary of State

As Oregon Secretary of State, Bradbury is the state's second-highest-ranking constitutional officer.

His duties include auditing the public accounts, acting as chief elections officer, and managing the state's official legislative and executive records.

Bradbury chairs the Oregon State Land Board (which also includes Oregon's Governor and Treasurer), and was appointed by the Governor to chair the Oregon Sustainability Board.

Elections

2010

See also: Oregon gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010
2010 Race for Governor - Democrat Primary[2]
Candidates Percentage
Bill Bradbury (D) 29.46%
Green check mark.jpg John Kitzhaber (D) 64.78%
Roger Obrist (D) 4.29%
(write-in) 1.47%
Total votes 374,404

2004

On November 2, 2004, Bill Bradbury won re-election to the office of Oregon Secretary of State. He defeated Betsy L. Close (R) and Richard Morley (L) in the general election.

Oregon Secretary of State, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Bradbury Incumbent 57.2% 1,002,052
     Republican Betsy L. Close 39.4% 690,228
     Libertarian Richard Morley 3.2% 56,678
     Misc. Various 0.2% 3,871
Total Votes 1,752,829
Election Results Via: Oregon Secretary of State

2002

During his first term as Secretary of State, Bradbury also challenged Senator Gordon Smith:

  • 2002 Race for U.S. Senate
    • Gordon Smith (R) (inc.), 56%
    • Bill Bradbury (D), 40%

2000

On November 7, 2000, Bill Bradbury won re-election to the office of Oregon Secretary of State. He defeated Lynn Snodgrass (R), Lloyd Marbet (PAC) and E.J. (Ed) Pole, II (L) in the general election.

Oregon Secretary of State, 2000
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Bradbury Incumbent 49.4% 725,265
     Republican Lynn Snodgrass 44.5% 652,803
     PAC Lloyd Marbet 4.4% 64,555
     Libertarian E.J. (Ed) Pole, II 1.7% 24,286
     Misc. Various 0.1% 926
Total Votes 1,467,835
Election Results Via: Oregon Secretary of State

See also

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References

  1. State official conquering multiple sclerosis by Peter Wong, Statesman Journal, p.C1, Jan. 03, 2001
  2. Oregon Secretary of State, "May 18, 2010 Primary Election Abstract of Votes," accessed July 19, 2010