Thursday, June 30, 2005

Stag's Leap Through Corn, To State House

Breaking News!

Tyler Olson, CMC class of '98, is running for an open seat in the Iowa State House, reports reader and former Claremont Dems prez Mark Mehringer.

Here's the press release:

OLSON ANNOUNCES BID FOR STATEHOUSE

June 21, 2005 (Cedar Rapids, IA) – Tyler Olson, attorney at Bradley & Riley PC, has announced his candidacy for the Iowa State House from District 38. Olson, a Democrat, is a Cedar Rapids native and graduated from Washington High School in 1994. He earned his law degree at the University of Iowa College of Law.

Olson pledges to bring innovative leadership, fresh ideas, and creative solutions to the issues facing Iowa.

“Iowa is a great place to live,” says Olson, “and the future of our state depends on both our ability to attract people—and our willingness to build on the opportunities available to those already living here.”

Olson, who lived in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. before returning to Cedar Rapids, knows firsthand that Iowa can be appealing to young people. “I enjoyed my experiences on the east and west coasts, but Iowa was the place I wanted to live and work. I know that we can capitalize on the sense of community and abundance of opportunity that pulled me back to Iowa, and draw others, as well."

Olson’s campaign will focus on advancing Iowa’s strong education system. “The task of educating our citizens will not be complete until all members of the community have the opportunity to pursue a great education — one that allows them to compete in the job market,” says Olson. He will also emphasize fiscally responsible government and access to quality and affordable healthcare for all Iowans, especially our children and seniors.

Olson says these issues are also key components to Iowa’s economic development strategy. “Business development is about creating an environment and a quality of life that attracts employees and employers to keep our great state moving forward,” says Olson.

“I am looking forward to knocking on every door in the district to hear about issues important to the community,” says Olson.

Olson is a member of the Cedar Rapids Downtown Rotary and chairs the Downtown District Creative Counsel's Housing Team. He is a member of the board of directors of the Neighborhood Revitalization Service and the New Bohemia Arts & Culture District. He is also a member of the board of directors of Access Iowa, where he chairs the Civic Committee and served on the 15 in 5 Community Planning Committee's Downtown & Riverfront Subcommittee. Olson is a founding member of the board of directors of Corridor Free Wireless, Inc., a not-for-profit entity organized to bring free wireless internet access to downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Coralville.

Olson serves as a volunteer boys swimming coach at Washington High School, where he was a member of the 1992 state championship team and the captain of the 1994 state championship team.

Olson will file papers forming the Committee to Elect Tyler Olson. Gary Streit is the chairman and Dana Ehrhart is the treasurer of the committee.
I'll suppose we'll forgive the lack of Claremont mention - this time - and assume he's (smartly) focusing on his Iowan cred.

Olson served as the much beloved R.A. of Green Hall my freshman year. He's a great guy and we wish him luck!

He lists his contact email as tylerolson1 at gmail dot com in the press release - so drop him a line, lend him support, and ask where to send the check.

Oh, and don't forget to send Jake some money too.

During college, it was always interesting to note that, in a school world-reknowned for its conservatism, the campus Dems were far more visibly present (Sorry, JG, CES, et al). Now, I hear more about young Dem alumni running than I do about young Republican alumni. Sadly, I have yet to hear enough about young Dem or Reep alumnae running.

Soon, though. I promise.

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