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James M. Olsen

A candidate for State Representative Pos. 2, Legislative District 23 in the 2010 Washington General Election

Party: Republican

On this race:

Elected Experience: none

Other Professional Experience: 30-year career with Coast Guard retiring as a Captain USCGR, with command leadership duties in port security, marine safety and naval warfare.  I was NW project officer for CG streamlining initiative and worked international affairs for the USCG Commandant. Principal in  multi-million dollar real estate investment firm for 40 years providing rental housing in Kitsap and King Counties.

Education: BA Hobart College 1972, National Security programs at Naval War College and National Defense University, Washington D.C.

Community Service: volunteer Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve,  St. Cecilia's Parish, Boy Scouts of America. Statement: Washington State is dangerously burdened by excessive government spending, excessive government employment, lack of clear core-mission focus. In my capacity as a business owner and in my 30-year Coast Guard career, I sought challenging assignments constrained by severe budget contraints and complex organizational challenges. I know how to lead people and to focus on the core missions. I know what it means to be accountable for costs, worker performance and customer satisfaction. I know what vision is. I will champion legislation to streamline and restructure DSHS and WADOT. is my road map to a prosperous Washington.

Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Christine Rolfes (D) 29,925 57.19 %
James M. Olsen (R) 22,397 42.81 %

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