FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Kristin Olsen
November 14, 2011 (209) 968-9386
Olsen Running For Assembly District 12
Will continue to work for bi-partisan reform
Modesto – Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) announced today that she will seek re-election in the newly drawn Assembly District 12, covering parts of Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. Olsen has a lifetime commitment to the Central Valley that includes her childhood home, her former district when she served on the Modesto City Council and her current home.
In the Assembly, Olsen has earned a reputation for reform, transparency, and hard work. She has focused on reforming state government and bringing more local control to cities, counties, special districts and school districts. Olsen believes it’s not fair to saddle the entire state with “one-size-fits-all policies” because often what’s best for urban population centers like Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco does not work in other areas of the state.
“It has been an honor to serve in the Assembly," said Olsen. "I look forward to continuing to represent this area as an advocate for job creation, governance reform, and prioritizing core services like education and public safety. My focus is on problem-solving, not partisan politics, and I will continue to work hard to stand up for the Central Valley and commonsense reforms that will return economic prosperity to California."
Olsen currently represents about half of the new AD12 in the Assembly. The new parts of the district include Southern and Eastern San Joaquin County as well as Turlock in Stanislaus County, where Olsen worked for many years at California State University, Stanislaus.
Olsen has established herself in the district as uniquely accessible and responsive. Her current district covers a vast area, with thousands of residents in the Sierra foothills.
Mike Ayala, Sonora resident and retired CHP Commander, said, "We are disappointed to lose Assemblywoman Olsen as a result of redistricting, She is the most visible, active and responsive state representative Tuolumne County has ever had, and her leadership will be greatly missed. The Central Valley will benefit from her continued representation."
With more than $200,000 cash on hand and a leadership position as Minority Whip in the Assembly, Olsen is heavily favored to return to the Capitol in 2013.
Olsen and her husband, Rod, have three children, are active in the community, and attend Big Valley Grace Community Church.
For more information, visit www.kristinolsen.org.