Assemblywoman and lifelong Stanislaus County resident Kristin Olsen will seek a seat on the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors following the surprise retirement of Supervisor Bill O’Brien.
“Bill has been a strong leader for our community,” said Olsen. “When he asked me to run to succeed him on the Board, I was surprised at first, but soon realized that it presented a great opportunity to continue serving my community.”
Olsen has a strong background in local government, as she previously served on both the Modesto Planning Commission and the Modesto City Council before being elected to the State Assembly. She served on the council from 2005 to 2010, where she was recognized for her commitment to fiscal responsibility, public safety, and economic development.
Since being elected to the State Assembly, Olsen has consistently remained one of the Legislature’s fiercest advocates for government transparency and accountability.
O’Brien, who has endorsed Olsen for Supervisor, said, “When I decided not to seek re-election, Kristin was the one clear choice to replace me. I have no doubt that she will be able to hit the ground running on the first day and continue to provide excellent service to the people in our community.”
Born, raised and now raising her own family in Stanislaus County, Olsen has maintained a lifelong passion for the communities, businesses, and people of California’s Central Valley. She is personally vested in fighting for a vibrant quality of life in Stanislaus County and a robust local economy with good-paying jobs.
Moreover, Olsen has developed a statewide reputation as a dynamic, hard-working, and effective leader. She approaches her job as a concerned citizen and “soccer mom” who strives to better the lives of Californians. This perspective is evidenced in her efforts to improve the education system, address perennial water problems, and promote economic growth.
As a member of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, Olsen will lead on the issues that matter most to Central Valley residents — water, jobs, and ensuring that government lives within its means.
“I’ve spent the past five years commuting to and from Sacramento, and it’s left me with a lasting impression: Stanislaus County is home and it’s where I want to be,” stated Olsen. “Though it’s unexpected, I’m really excited by the opportunity to continue serving the Central Valley and working to make our community a better place to live, work, and raise a family.”
Olsen will be running to represent the residents of the 1st District on the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, which includes the communities of Oakdale, Riverbank, Waterford, Empire, Knights Ferry, Valley Home, and a portion of eastern Modesto.
To learn more about Kristin Olsen visit www.KristinOlsen.org.