Kristin Olsen named vice chair of California Republican Party

Kristin Olsen named vice chair of California Republican Party

It is sometimes reported that Stanislaus County has an all-Republican Board of Supervisors. Now, a newcomer to the board has accepted an appointment as vice chair of the California Republican Party.

The statewide organization announced Tuesday that former Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen of Riverbank was chosen for the post. Olsen will complete the term of the previous vice chair, San Francisco attorney Harmeet Dhillon, who became a California representative on the Republican National Committee earlier this year.

Olsen’s stint as Assembly Republican leader, from 2014 to early this year, enabled her to meet people in communities across the state, which will help the Republican Party connect with voters and build from the ground up, the party said.

Republicans do not have much political clout in California, with Democrats holding a two-thirds majority in both houses of the Legislature. At the federal level, the GOP holds the majority in the Senate and House of Representatives.

“My goal is to help build a viable and vibrant Republican Party in California,” Olsen said. “Improving the lives of all Californians depends on having a healthy two-party system in our state.”