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Sara Gelser

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Sara Gelser
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Oregon House of Representatives District 16
Incumbent
In office
2005-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$21,936/year
Per diem$123/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
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 Bachelors 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.

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:

Elections

2014

See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oregon State Senate will consist of a primary election on May 20, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Sara Gelser is unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Betsy Close is unopposed in the Republican primary.[1]

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.[2][3]

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.[4]

Oregon State House, District 16
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Sara Gelser (D) 15,782
Rose Cook (R) 7,096

2008

On November 4, 2008, Gelser ran unopposed and won election to Oregon State House District 16.[5]

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.[6]

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.

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.

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 and is known to be Lutheran.

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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Oregon House of Representatives - District 16
2005–present
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