Canby's Olsen will shoot for second term in Senate
Senator Alan Olsen (R-Canby) filed paperwork this week to run for a second term representing District 20 in the Oregon State Senate. District 20 includes Canby, Oregon City, Beavercreek, Damascus, Eagle Creek and Boring.
"Representing the citizens of Clackamas County has been a great privilege and honor," said Olsen. "I've worked hard to be a voice for working families, fighting to create new jobs and help Oregon become a state where families and businesses can succeed. I will continue to make these goals my focus if I am re-elected."
In his first term, Olsen has pushed for job creation and the unemployed. He has consistently pushed for bold steps that will help create a thriving economy in Oregon and called for the distracted legislature to return its attention to Oregon's anemic business climate.
He has helped pass several bills that honor and support Oregon veterans including a bill that gives veterans discharged anywhere in the U.S. access to in-state college tuition rates and a bill that gives veterans the day off on Veterans Day.
Olsen pushed for a record $7 billion education budget, though Democrats settled for $6.55 billion.
"Education is extremely important to job creation, and the lower budget number was not adequate for our schools," he said. "I believe that stronger classrooms and a healthier climate for small businesses can position Oregon families for long-term security and success. These are the areas where the legislature must get to work and adopt some significant changes."
As a member of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Olsen is also an advocate for streams, oceans and the fish populations that inhabit them.
Olsen and his wife, Juanita, live in Canby.
He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1969 to 1971. He is a general contractor and small business owner building homes and structures across Oregon.