Professionalism transcends politics. That’s the thought that came to mind when I read Todd Iverson’s letter about David Olson (Gateway letters, July 24).
As a fiscal conservative who has seen Olson at a number of liberty-related events over the past few months, those words of praise, and the source of them, spiked my curiosity.
It has been a pleasant surprise to discover the depth of Olson’s career and community service endeavors.
While I lean toward conservative candidates, I also want legitimate experience in the people I elect to represent me. So, to learn that Olson was honored with a Military Service Award (1998) for his work to fight drug and alcohol abuse among our youth, and was named a “very important patriot” by the National Military Family Association (2002) stoked my confidence about his qualifications for the Peninsula School District’s Board of Directors.
Then, to find that his work with youth has been praised by those on both sides of the political aisle, including a democratic lieutenant governor, for being effective, I couldn’t help but conclude that David Olson is a conservative candidate who has the professional chops to weed through the political morass — that frustrates us all — and get things done.
For that reason, Olson will get my vote for school board.