The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Politics

November 3, 2006

Iowa House District 83

Steve Olson

Party: Republican

Age: 59

Residence: DeWitt

Occupation: Farmer

Political experience: Two terms in Iowa House of Representatives; Assistant Majority Leader of the Iowa House; served on the Administration and Rules, Agriculture, Environmental, Economic Growth and Transportation committees

Education: Graduate of Calamus High School; attended Iowa State University; Iowa National Air National Guard Air Traffic Controller

Family: Wife Eunice; two married children; three grandchildren.



What are the three most important issues in this race?

Education

Health care

Job opportunities



What is your approach to these issues?

Funding needs to get to the classroom, preparing our children for the workplace, especially in math and science, as well as rewarding classroom teachers.

The Legislature has increased funding for Medicaid providers by 6 percent. I have supported efforts of small business employers pooling health coverage to lower costs. Tort reform to limit frivolous liability insurance claims would be beneficial to the health industry.

I sponsored and floor managed the Iowa Renewable Fuels Legislation, creating jobs for Iowans. We can do more to see employment opportunities grow; we need to stabilize the property tax on commercial and industrial property, to encourage business to develop and stay in Iowa.

It is very difficult to choose “three important issues.” The environment, public safety, transportation, etc., are also high on the “important” list.

How do you differ from your opponent?

I am asking for the support of the voters of voters in the 83rd House District to be able to continue to represent the needs of the residents of the district, using my past four years experience to support their public safety needs, funding for water treatments and all of their concerns in general. I pledge to offer “Leadership With Integrity.” I encourage people to contact me with their questions and concerns and promise to do the best I can to address issues that are important to them.

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