The California Republican Party has picked Kristin Olsen, a former assemblywoman from Modesto, to be its vice chair.
It’s the second new gig this year for Olsen, who was termed out of her Assembly seat this year and was recently elected to the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors. Olsen’s six years in the Assembly included a 13-month stint as leader of the chamber’s Republican caucus.
“My goal is to help build a viable and vibrant Republican party in CA, because improving the lives of all Californians depends on having a healthy, two-party system in our state,” Olsen said in a statement.
“One-party Democrat rule is hurting people’s livelihoods and opportunities, and Californians deserve better than that,” she added.
Acknowledging the GOP’s weak presence in California — particularly in Sacramento, where Democrats secured a supermajority in the Legislature — Olsen said her party must study the “problems with the Republican brand” in the state.
In a statement, California GOP Chairman Jim Brulte said Olsen would play a key role in helping “continue to build the party from the ground up so we can better support Republicans.”
Olsen takes over the vice chair role from San Francisco attorney Harmeet K. Dhillon, who now serves as California’s national committeewoman for the national Republican Party.