Final Weeks of the Election

It's down to the wire now.

This election will be critical to the future of Oregon, and that fact is becoming more and more obvious. In case you missed it, my opponent has recently received big financial support from a billionaire hedge fund manager in California.

My opponent is already a millionaire, but now she has the support of Tom Steyer, an extreme environmentalist billionaire from San Francisco. What does this mean? It means I need your support more than ever!

We need all the help we can get to cross the finish line strong. If you can help us with some volunteer time, please click here. Or if you can help us financially, please click here to make an online contribution!

Your support is critical to combating the big money my opponent is getting from out of state!

Watch Two New TV Ads!

If you haven't seen some of my latest TV ads, you can check them out by clicking the images below. The first is an endorsement from Former State Senator Frank Morse. The second focuses on public safety issues:

Former Senator Frank Morse Endorses Betsy Close

Public Safety TV Ad

Putting partisanship aside to focus on jobs

Why is Oregon constantly at or near the top for unemployment, homelessness and hunger?

In the end, a lot of the economic problems we face come down to family wage jobs, or the lack thereof. If our economy was on track and people had jobs, many of the challenges we face would be workable. Schools would have funds, public safety wouldn't have to cut patrols and the neediest of our citizens would be taken care of.

I believe we must work together to come up with better strategies to create family wage jobs, and that involves putting partisanship aside. Solving problems and getting people back to work is always more important than political posturing.

So here are some of my ideas to improve our economy. I have and will continue to work across party lines to accomplish these and other goals:

  1. Create stronger public and private partnerships between counties and local employers to help train youth entering the workforce. This segment of our population has the highest unemployment rate.
  2. Keep tax credits for families with disabled children so families are not as economically strapped.
  3. Repeal Cover Oregon, the equivalent of Obamacare, and let the private sector offer services competitively.
  4. Remove unnecessary regulations on small businesses which prevent business growth and expansion.
  5. Reduce tax rates on small businesses so they do not pay higher rates than large corporations.
  6. Expand vocational and technical training programs at LBCC and OSU
  7. Reduce tax rates for low- and middle-income families so they have more spending money to support local businesses.

These are common sense solutions that should have the support of legislators of both parties.  Unfortunately, my opponent does not agree.  In contrast, as State Representative, Sara Gelser voted for special interest tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthy, and she increased taxes on small businesses so they pay 40% more than large corporations.

These are policies that will not help create local, good paying jobs.  It's time we head in a new direction, and I ask for your support to help me make that happen!

Betsy speaking at a recent forum.

Betsy speaking at a recent forum.

Upcoming Events!

In the coming weeks I will be participating in many public forums, giving voters like you an opportunity to learn more about my opponent and myself. I hope to see you at one of the forums!

- October 3, at 7:00 PM 
Corvallis Gazette-Times Political Forum at the Corvallis Library

- October 8, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm,
Corvallis Kiwanis Club Candidate Forum, Corvallis Elks Lodge

- October 15, from 5 PM to 7 PM 
OSU College Republican Candidate Forum at OSU

- October 23, from 12:00 noon to 1 pm, 
Albany Kiwanis Club Candidate Forum, Pop’s Branding Iron

- October 29, from 11:30 AM to 1 PM 
Albany Chamber Membership Forum, Linn County Fair & Expo

I am so fortunate to have great supporters who know how to throw great parties! Thank you to Charles and Jean Nelson and Keith and Wendy Frome for hosting BBQ’s, and for giving me the opportunity to meet friends and neighbors! 

I am so fortunate to have great supporters who know how to throw great parties! Thank you to Charles and Jean Nelson and Keith and Wendy Frome for hosting BBQ’s, and for giving me the opportunity to meet friends and neighbors! 

Thanks for your time in reading my newsletter.  I hope that this information is helpful and that if you have any questions about my record concerning jobs or any other issues you will feel free to contact me.  You can send me a message through my website,

All my best,