If you just stumbled on this site you may be asking yourself "Is this guy for real?" or "Is that really a guy?"
I'm Stu Rasmussen. I own and operate several small businesses in Silverton, Oregon (population 9,588). I have also served 26 years as an elected official in local government, as City Councilor, Mayor and member of the Silver Falls Library board. I completed my third 4-year term on the Silverton City Council in 2008 and ran for Mayor at that time. When I won, it was 'no big deal' here in Silverton, but for some reason that election attracted a lot of attention elsewhere.
I just happen to be transgendered - something I didn't even know the word for until I discovered it on the Internet. I've been a crossdresser or transvestite my whole life, only 'coming out' recently and thereby discovering that life goes on very nicely. Apparently, I was the first openly transgendered Mayor of any US city - although there are T* people serving in public office around the world, this was a 'first' for the USA. Well, I guess somebody had to do it!
Now I'm running again for election as Mayor of Silverton. Y'all gave me a nice vacation in 2014 and I'm ready to go back to work representing your best interests. Check out the rest of this site to see more about my campaign, or use the following links for additional background.
A nice article written by Meg Daly after I won the 2004 council election .
And of course the lovely folks from the Westboro Baptist Church who came to protest and encountered a bit of resistance from the Silverton community - maybe you've heard the NPR / RadioLab story.
There's also some video floating around on YouTube - just search for Mayor and Silverton and see what pops up.
Your financial help to cover the cost of advertising and mailings would also be greatly appreciated - click here to contribute via PayPal.
Click here to jump to my campaign home page and learn more!
Why Re-Elect Stu?
26 Years as an Elected Official
Elected Silverton City Councilor 1984
Elected Silverton Mayor 1988
Re-Elected Mayor 1990
Re-Elected City Councilor 1992
Elected to Silver Falls Library Board 1996
Re-Elected City Councilor 2004
Elected Mayor 2008
Re-Elected Mayor 2010
Re-Elected Mayor 2012
40+ Years Successful Small
Silvertonian since 1948