Benton GOP Elects Officers for 2015-2016

On Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the party's annual Appreciation Dinner and Organizational Meeting, the Benton County Republican Central Committee elected new officers for the 2015-2016 biennium as required, following the general election. The elections were lively with a number of very close races. We thank all the nominees, congratulate the winners and look forward to an active two years preparing for 2016. We also thank our outgoing officers for their valuable service.

Newly Elected Officials of the Benton County Republican Central Committee for 2015-2016
Welcome and best wishes to our incoming officers and delegates.
Date of Reorganization: -------- 11/20/2014

Chair -------- Jerry Jackson
1st Vice Chair -------- Brian Cooke
2nd Vice Chair -------- Gerry Tsupros
3rd Vice Chair -------- Paul Rentz
Secretary -------- Jeff Limón
Treasurer -------- John H. Detweiler
Delegate -------- Breanna Bannan
1st Alternate Delegate -------- Kristie Hernandez
2nd Alternate Delegate -------- Steve Winokur
3rd Alternate Delegate -------- Jacob Vandever

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Recent Events

The Benton County Republicans thank all the volunteers and candidates who have worked to ensure that these recents events were successful.

OFFICIAL CALL - Nov. 20, 2014, Organizational Meeting & Election of Officers for 2015-16 at the Benton GOP Appreciation Dinner.
All Precinct Committee Persons (PCP's) are urged to attend the Organization Meeting at 7:30pm 8:00 p.m., even if they are not attending the dinner. Watch your email for more details. This meeting will be held at the Clubhouse, 6097 NE Ebony Lane, Adair Village.

Make your reservations NOW for the Nov. 20th Benton County Republican "We the People" Appreciation Dinner!
The Benton County Republicans are pleased to announce their annual Appreciation Dinner, which will be held at the Clubhouse, 6097 NE Ebony Lane, in Adair Village, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Dinner reservations: Adults $30 per person | College Republicans $30 | Ages (12-18) $25 | Under 12 FREE
Make your reservations online (Index: Appreciation Dinner Reservation Form). Reservation deadlined has been extended to Nov. 16th. At this late date, payment will be accepted at the door for those with reservations. Thank you!
Download Flyer
See Dinner Menu

Drawing to be held Nov. 20th at Benton County Republican's "We the People" Appreciation Dinner
UPDATE: The drawing was held and Jeff L. of Corvallis was the winner! Jeff then donated the gun back to the Benton County Republicans. Thank you, Jeff. We sincerely thank all who bought tickets for this raffle and hope you will participate again. We will announce the start of our next gun raffle soon.

Ride or walk with the Benton GOP float in Albany's Veterans Day Parade!
The Benton County and Linn County Republicans look forward each year to participate in the Veterans Day Parade and appreciate the opportunity to pay tribute to our veterans. Our float is #161. Check-in begins at 8am on Industrial Way SW (one block off Queen Ave. SW) in Albany. We'll be instructed then as to where we will go for staging.  We can always use help putting the decor together.  Judging begins at 9am and the parade begins at 11am. Please join us! We'll have 10 chairs on the float and some standing room. We need walkers too.  Call PJ, (541) 760-2607.

Please vote and turn your ballot in as soon as possible!
Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) efforts are underway. Ballot holders may feel exasperated by GOTV phone calls urging them to turn in their ballots but the Republican Party wouldn't be doing its job if it didn't do everything within its power to encourage a great voter turnout. The best way to avoid repeated calls is to vote! The calls will stop, at least calls from the Benton GOP will stop, shortly after your ballot is recorded as received by County elections officials. Thank you.

Please DO NOT mail your ballot after Thursday, Oct. 30th! See Drop Box locations or call the Benton County Republican Campaign Headquarters at (541) 760-1880 to arrange for ballot pick-up.

Riker Kazamoto, OSU College Republican, is running for Corvallis Mayor as a write-in candidate!
If you haven't voted yet, please consider writing-in Riker Kazamoto's name. Remember, many of our 'experienced' office holders have spent far too much money, over burdened the middle-class, hampered small business with endless regulations, failed to solve problems and piled unfathomable debt on Riker's generation!

In addition, both candidates on the ballot hold a worrisome position on 2nd Amendment gun rights, leaving conservatives with a poor choice. Write in Riker Kazamoto for mayor.

Ballot Measure Recommendations from the Oregon Republican Party
At the Oregon Republican Party's State Central Committee Convention, delegates voted to oppose Measures 86, 88, 90, 91 and 92. For more details, please visit our Campaign page.

We've provided a portal to our Republican candidates campaign websites for you!
Our 2014 Candidate Wall for the Nov. 4th General Election includes photos of Republicans who are running statewide or in districts encompassing all or parts of Benton County. To learn more about these wonderful candidates, visit the "2014 Candidate Wall" on our Campaign Page and then click the candidates' photos to visit their campaign websites. They are working hard to win in November. Please consider volunteering to help them!

Volunteer to help us get-out-the-vote for a great Republican voter turnout!
Drop in at HQ and join the phone bank or check out a call list to make calls from home. Contact Republican Headquarters Chair, Carolyn Webb at HQ:(541) 760-1880.
HQ Address: 2085 NW Buchanan Ave. (north of Fred Meyer) in Corvallis (MAP)
NEW HQ phone: (541) 760-1880
HQ email:

Come watch election night returns at Benton County Republican Campaign Headquarters with great food and good friends!
We'll have a TV monitor and computers set up to watch election returns as they come in and we have volunteers bringing dips, chips, desserts, relish plates and more. You are most welcome to add to the fare. The fun part, however, is watching returns with fellow Republicans and conservatives!
Date: November 4, 2014 Time: 7:30 p.m.
HQ Address: 2085 NW Buchanan Ave. (north of Fred Meyer) in Corvallis (MAP)
NEW HQ phone: (541) 760-1880
HQ email:

Join Betsy Close for an Election Night Party!
Come celebrate the end of the election season with Betsy Close. We will have a fun time of entertainment, refreshments, and watching election returns.
Date: November 4th, 2014
Time: 7:00pm
Remarks @ 8:15pm
Place: Flinn Block Hall, 222 W 1st Ave, Albany
RSVP to Caitlynn: (541) 880-7576 or

Celebrate Democracy in Albany with Art Robinson for Congress (4th District)
From Art: "Come Celebrate Democracy – a sacred duty and a festive event, together at last! We all know that voting is an important responsibility that we should embrace, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun, too. And that's what we'll have at our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) rally – a celebration where you can participate in America's oldest tradition of voters coming together to elect their next representative. Of course, music and refreshments will be provided, as will trips to ballot boxes to make it easier for you to drop off your ballot and participate in our great democratic process. We sincerely hope that those who have already voted will still come, though, as we'd like to thank you for your support in helping us get Art elected to Congress." Respond at

Four great opportunities to meet Art Robinson for Congress (District 4) in Corvallis on Friday and Saturday!
1) Fri., Oct. 31 from 8:30-10:00AM meet Art for breakfast at the Broken Yoke Cafe, 119 SW 3rd Street and canvassing afterwards.
2) At 2:00PM on Friday, meet Art at New Morning Bakery, 219 SW 2nd Street.
3) 8:00AM on Sat., Nov. 1st, talk politics over breakfast at Elmers, 1115 NW 9th St., and then;
4) At 2:00PM Celebrate Democracy in Corvallis with Art Robinson at the Majestic Theater, 115 SW 2nd Street.
For more details, please visit

Hit the streets from 9am-Noon on Saturday Nov. 1st to walk the precincts & knock on doors with Jerry Jackson for Commissioner!
Meet at Republican Headquarters, 2085 NW Buchanan (north of Fred Meyer) UPDATE: Now meeting at Jerry's house, 580 Canberra Dr., in Philomath at 9am. Call Jerry if you need directions (541) 250-9654. Then take off to greet voters and help get Jerry Jackson elected as our next Benton County Commissioner. Join the fun!

Walk with Betsy Close Saturday, Nov. 1st!
Sen. Close says, "I need your help this Saturday at 10:30am going door-to-door in our last big walk blitz. I hope to see you there!" Please RSVP to Reagan ( if you will be able to join us or if you have any questions. We also have opportunities for students to come for the entire day and receive some compensation. Here are the details:
What: Final Betsy Close for State Senate Walk!
When: Saturday, November 1st at 10:30am
Where: Linn County Republican Party Headquarters: 33935 OR-99E, Tangent, OR 97389

The Oregonian has ranked this as one of the two "toss up" races that will determine control of the Oregon Senate. We need your vote and your help to get this election done.

Wed., Oct. 15: OSU College Republicans host Candidate Town Hall
The Town Hall begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Oregon State University MU Horizon Conference Room (east end of Memorial Union). Guest candidates are State Senator Betsy Close for State Senate (Dist. 8), Jacob D. Vandever for State Representative (Dist. 16), Mike Nearman for State Representative (Dist. 23), and Jerry Jackson for Benton County Commissioner. Questions can be submitted using #OSUtownhall or See the CR's event on Facebook.

Debates Broadcast at 7:00 pm TONIGHT (10/14)!
Videos are expected to be available for later viewing in addition to the live coverage, see details below:

Richardson vs Kitzhaber
(debate held in Portland)
7:00 pm
Live-streamed and televised live
OregonLive and KGW8

Wehby vs Merkley
(debate held in Medford)
7:00 pm
On KEVU-TV in Eugene
and later online at KOBI

Sat. Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m. - Herman Cain speaking at OSU "Forging a New America"
This event is sponsored by the Oregon Federation of College Republicans. Doors open at 6:30pm and the forum starts at 7pm in the Main Lounge of the Memorial Union on the OSU campus. ADMISSION IS FREE. Students, faculty and the general public are encouraged to attend and hear Herman Cain present an extraordinary vision for America called "Forging a New America.". See HERMAN CAIN PRESS RELEASE

Oct. 11: Art Robinson Fundraising Event: A NEW VISION FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE with special guest Herman Cain
Seasoned business leader and former Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain will discuss Oregon's economy and what is needed to improve it. Mr. Cain is supporting Art for Congress, and he hopes you will too.
Place: Rogue Ales Public House, 844 Olive St., Eugene, OR (MAP)
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time: 12-1:30pm
Get Tickets: $25 / RSVP

Wed., Oct. 8: Kiwanis Club of Corvallis is hosting this Oregon Senate District 8 Candidate Forum!
Senator Betsy Close (R) meets challenger Representative Sara Gelser (D) at this no-host lunchtime forum from 12 Noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Corvallis Elks Lodge, 1400 NW 9th St. The moderator, Joe Raia of CorvallisTidBits, will give each candidate three minutes for opening statements and then will open the forum to a Q&A session determined by pre-submitted questions for the candidates. Please submit your questions via email to or upon arriving at the forum. The candidates will then have two minutes for closing remarks. Space is limited so please RSVP to Joe Raia to let him know you plan to attend. Great forum with very good attendance! Sen. Close gave a super example of how entrepreneurs and the free market can solve problems.

Tues., Oct. 7: Art Robinson presents National Security Public Forum, 6:30pm, Holiday Inn Express, Albany
Looking outside our borders, it becomes obvious that the government's first duty has to be to keep us safe. Being vigilant about threats, standing firm on protecting our national interest, and doing everything possible to provide the best for our brave men and women in uniform are all parts of this. But following the Constitution while we do so is also important. We've all seen that the bureaucrats in Washington just haven't been up to the job, however. That's why Dr. Robinson is hosting a forum on National Security, so he can hear YOUR opinions on how to handle ourselves in war and peace. Info and RSVP.
Get flyer.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times is hosting Candidate Forums
Wed., Oct. 1: Wards 5 & 6 (No Republicans running)
Thurs., Oct. 2: Wards 7 & 8 - Paul Woods (R) is running for Ward 7 but cannot attend. (No other Republicans running)
Fri., Oct. 3: Oregon Senate, Dist. 8, Betsy Close (R) and Sara Gelser (D) (both attending) and Oregon House, Dist. 16, Jacob Vandever (R) and Dan Rayfield (D (both attending). Betsy and Jacob rocked!!!
Sun., Oct. 5: Mayor of Corvallis (No Republicans running)
See our Benton GOP Calendar for full details.

Thurs., Oct. 2: Please join special guest U.S. Senator John McCain for a luncheon benefiting Dr. Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate
Place: The Grand Hotel, Marion Room, 201 Liberty Street SE, Salem, Oregon (MAP)
Time: Noon
Donation: $250 per person lunch
RSVP to: Tiffany Grabenhorst at or (503) 224-5489
Get flyer.

Oct. 1st, 7:30am: Meet Art Robinson at McDonalds!
Share your concerns about the problems you're seeing, and tell him how you think they should be addressed. The problems of our state are solved when breaking bread together, so come on down to the Downtown McDonald's, 300 NW 3rd St., at 7:30am and enjoy some eggs with Art and talk politics over a coffee. Get flyer or RSVP to Art Robinson.
Stella reports that it was really nice to sit down with Art Robinson and talk in a relaxed atmosphere.

Monday, September 29th: Breakfast with Dennis Richardson, Candidate for Governor of Oregon You are cordially invited to a Continental Breakfast with Dennis Richardson at 8:00 a.m., at the Albany Golf & Events Center (formerly Springhill Country Club), 155 NW Country Club Lane in Albany, Oregon. RSPV by email or phone to Marissa Akers (774) 276-1129. See flyer. Host Committees for this event are Sen. Betsy Close, Sen. Frank Morse, Rep. Jim Thompson and Rep. Andy Olson. Sponsors are Benton County Republicans and Al Hutchinson, Chairman pro-tem.
Thank you Charles and Jean Nelson for promoting this fundraiser for Dennis Richardson! Thanks also to the hosts and sponsors!

Sept. 27 & 28: Voter Registration & Gun Raffle Ticket Sales at ARPC Gun Show
The Benton and Linn County Republicans will have a table at the Albany Rifle & Pistol Club's annual Gun and Sportsmen Show from 9am-5pm on Saturday, September 27th and 9am-4pm on Sunday, September 28th at the Linn County Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Rd, Albany, OR. If you'd like to participate, please contact Ken Kurth.
Thank you to Stella, Jerry, Nic, Louanna, Kim, Ken McC, Kristie and PJ for manning the table and a special thanks to Ken Kurth for chairing this endeavor. It was a very successful event.

Tuesday, September 16th - Republican Headquarters Grand Opening!
Our campaign headquarters at 2085 NW Buchanan (North of Fred Meyer) will be open from 10am to 8pm. Join us for refreshments, meet candidates and pick up literature and lawn signs to support our Republican candidates. We look forward to seeing you! A Precinct Committeeperson (PCP) Meeting is also scheduled for 7pm at HQ. See flyer. Regular operating hours for Republican Headquarters are 10am to 7pm Monday-Friday, 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and closed Sunday through Election Day, Nov. 4th.
Thank you to all who attended this fun event and a huge thank you to Carolyn Webb for managing Republican Headquarters!
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Welcome newly elected Precinct Committee Persons (PCP's)!

Congratulations on your May 20, 2014 election to serve as a Benton County Republican Precinct Committee Person! And welcome to our new PCP's who have been appointed to serve since the May Primary. PCP's and officers make up the Benton County Republican Central Committee. Unless otherwise specified, Central Committee meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month. On June 24th (an off schedule event) we held a combined social get-together and brief business meeting with great food and a visit from candidates Sen. Betsy Close for Oregon Senate (Dist. 8) and Jerry Jackson for County Commissioner. Then, on July 15th we held our first regular Central Committee meeting with trainings on giving a coffee and working with voter's lists. We urge you all to attend these meetings so that we all are prepared for success in the November General Election. We highly advise all PCP's to visit the Benton County PCP's website often for PCP announcements and important information provided by Kristie Hernandez, Benton County Republican PCP Organization Chair. We have a permanent link for PCP's on the menu bar above.

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