By Aubrey Wieber

The Bulletin

As the race for Oregon Treasurer remains close, Central Oregon’s lone candidate is clearly not in contention for the position.

Chris Telfer, a former Bend city councilor, ran as an Independent, and from the get-go acknowledged the odds weren’t in her favor. Despite the loss, Telfer was pleased.

“Obviously I started in expecting to win; you are in it to win,” she said. “But I was trying to lift the profile of the Independent party, and I think we did that.”

Lake Oswego Councilor Jeff Gudman and Rep. Tobias Read, D-Beaverton are in a tight race for the seat, which was too close to call Tuesday night.

Going forward, Telfer said she will take on a leadership role with the Independent Party of Oregon. While she said she has no specific plans to run for another elected position in the future, she said she didn’t want to close any doors.

Read, a Democrat, won his party’s nomination in May unopposed. He has served in the Oregon House since 2007. Gudman spent much of his working career as a financial analyst and treasurer for large companies and nonprofits.

Telfer previously served in the state Senate as a Republican from 2009 to 2013. She’s one of five appointed members of the state Lottery Commission, runs an accounting company in Bend and teaches accounting at OSU-Cascades.

Given that slightly more than 4 percent of Oregon registered voters are Independents, Telfer said her campaign was a success.

“What we are seeing is people looking for that alternative. People are looking for another option.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0376