Friday, November 2, 2012

Democrat Donovan Olson of Boone, the city administrator in Ogden, is looking to return to the Iowa Legislature with both experience and something of a fresh set of eyes.

“In my two-year absence from the Legislature, the Statehouse has been the most-partisan and the least-productive in Iowa’s history,” Olson said. “They’ve been big spenders too, passing the biggest budget ever – over $6.2 billion — and increasing property taxes $70 million in one year alone. Shockingly, they slashed help for small businesses, cut off funding to schools and increased college tuition. Their record is poor, and their campaigns are nasty and negative. People want politicians to stop bickering and start working for middle-class families. I’m running to restore honesty and integrity to the Statehouse. I’ll work with Republicans and Democrats to improve education and create jobs.”

Olson is seeking the new Iowa House District 47 seat, which includes all of Greene County and the western three-fourths of Boone County. Olson represented Iowa House District 48 from 2003 until 2011, losing the 2010 election for that seat to fellow Boone resident, Republican Chip Baltimore, by just 23 votes. The two face each other again in the post-2010 census political territory.

Olson strongly supported an increase in Iowa’s minimum wage. He helped craft the Iowa Power Fund, a strategy to make Iowa a world leader in renewable fuels to expand the economy, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and create good-paying jobs in Iowa. He also helped draft the Iowa Values Fund, a strategy to capitalize on Iowa’s strengths in biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, and information solutions.

Olson, 47, served six years as a Boone County supervisor.

Olson and his wife, Sue, have two children, a 9-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son.  In his free time he coaches his daughter’s basketball team, enjoys reading and spending time with his family. Olson and his family are members of Boone First United Methodist Church.

If elected to the Iowa House on Tuesday, Olson says, he will focus on job creation and middle-class solutions.

“Small-town economies were devastated by the economic recession,” Olson said. “The Legislature’s solution was to give tax breaks to the wealthy and cut funding to small businesses and schools. I’ll take a different approach. I’ll work to create jobs that pay enough to support a family. I’ll stop subsidies to greedy corporations and help small businesses that create jobs on Main Street. I’ll make sure that our community colleges have the resources they need to train workers for good-paying jobs.”