July 28 Town Hall on Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Monday, July 28 at 7pm

Benton County Historical Society Museum, 1101 Main Street, Philomath, Oregon

Panelists include:  Rep. Sara Gelser, Anne Schuster, Dr. Caroline Fisher and Barb Mullins

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For over 8 years, it’s been my privilege to serve as the State Representative from Philomath and Corvallis.  When I first went to Salem in 2005, I promised to be an accessible leader that would deliver results for our community.  I’ve worked hard to keep those promises, and now I’m ready to promise more.  I want to expand my promise to the people of Albany, Tangent and Millersburg as the State Senator for Senate District 8. (SD 8 includes Corvallis, Philomath, Albany, Tangent, Millersburg, and portions of unincorporated Linn and Benton Counties.)

I'm running for the Senate because I believe in Oregon’s bright future and the unique values we share here in the Mid-Valley.  As your State Senator, I will be a strong advocate for our region, working every day alongside community leaders to grow jobs, strengthen our economy, bolster our public school system and help keep our communities safe.

As a State Representative, I consistently fought to protect funding for our schools, universities and community colleges.  I successfully advocated for $1 million in new funding to provide medical care to abused children, and worked with my colleagues to secure funding for key projects at LBCC and OSU.  In 2013, I successfully championed legislation to protect the Willamette Valley’s $50 million a year specialty seed industry from the introduction of canola.

Standing up for the most vulnerable remains a high priority for me.  I wrote Karly’s Law to ensure abused children can get immediate access to the medical care and assessments they need.  I sponsored and passed legislation to ensure those who confess to sexually assaulting the elderly, children and people with disabilities are held accountable for their actions. I led passage of legislation to toughen our rape laws and elevate the crime of strangulation to a felony.  My leadership secured a new Medicaid waiver to allow medically involved children to grow up in their family homes, rather than nursing homes and I worked to pass sweeping legislation to improve protections for seniors and people with disabilities living in group and foster homes.

I was proud to support legislation to expand health care to tens of thousands of needy children, and helped pass Oregon’s groundbreaking health care reform bill.  Oregonians now benefit from a Charitable Pharmacy Program that allows thousands of sealed, unused prescriptions to be donated back to pharmacies.  Other bills I’ve sponsored made Oregon the first state in the nation with statewide standards for modified and extended diplomas, cut red tape for consumers and contractors pursuing new construction permits, protected consumers from inflated concert ticket prices, fought animal abuse, expanded the universe of mandatory reporters of child abuse, and made it easier for local brewers to sell their products at markets and festivals.

Signing ceremony with Gov. Kitzhaber

Of course, the most enjoyable part of my work as a legislator is communicating with constituents. As a State Senator I will have more constituents to serve—which means more opportunities for me to learn.  Constituent coffees, town halls, phone calls, letters, emails and individual meetings keep my weeks full and help me learn more about what is needed to make Oregon a stronger, safer and more sustainable place to live, work and raise a family. 

I am proud of my record, and I hope to earn your support in my campaign for the Oregon State Senate. You can get updates about the campaign by following me on Twitter or Facebook, and by signing up for my e-newsletter.  This website will also help you learn more about my record, and my positions on key issues.

Ultimately, this campaign is about the people I hope to serve.  As this campaign unfolds, please contact me (sara@gelserforsenate.com) with any questions, concerns or ideas you have. You are also welcome to give me a call at 541-757-6128.   I’m looking forward to hearing from you!