A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Senator Close makes it official

Written October 17th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

betsyAs expected, state Sen. Betsy Close, R-Albany, next year will run for a four-year term in the position to which she was appointed a year ago. She talked to me on camera just before she announced her plans at a reception at the Albany Golf and Event Center Thursday evening. She plans to file on Friday.

State Rep. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, has filed for the Senate job as well. District 8 includes the cites of Albany and Corvallis and the rest of House Districts 15 and 16. Close, a former state representative from Albany, was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Frank Morse.

Assuming both win their respective primaries — no other contenders have come forward on either side — District 8 voters will have the choice of two women who are both veterans of the legislative process. Neither has lost an election for legislative office.

Jim Clausen, on Facebook:  Good for Betsy! I’ve met her, I’ve talked with her, I’ve been on the front page with her, and I like her…
Gary Pond, on Facebook: Good news and good luck, Betsy! We need more like her in Salem….a lot more!


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