State Sen. Alan Olsen (R-Canby) filed paperwork this week to run for a second term representing District 20s territory that includes Canby, Oregon City, Beavercreek, Gladstone, Damascus, Eagle Creek and Boring.
Representing the citizens of Clackamas County has been a great privilege and honor, Olsen said. Ive 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.
Toby Forsberg, a Gladstone resident who started a home health care company a couple years ago, has been considering challenging Olsen, whom he says no longer represents his redrawn district that now includes more liberal parts of Oak Grove and Gladstone. Forsberg twice ran for the Legislature as a Democrat in House District 39 and resigned from the Clackamas Fire District No. 1 board of directors after selling his house in Oregon City in 2012.
But Olsen is campaigning for credibility among liberal causes, such as saying he pushed for a record $7 billion education budget, though Democrats settled for $6.55 billion. As a member of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Olsen also touts his advocacy for streams, oceans and local fish populations.
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.
Olsen, a general contractor who served in the Army from 1969 to 1971, has supported several bills to 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.