Veteran, school board member, and banking officer David Olson has announced he will run for Pierce County Council in District 7.
Olson brings a balance of public and private sector experience, with 28 years of military service, 23 years of community service, and 13 years of business experience. Retiring from the Navy and settling in Gig Harbor in 2005, Olson has since established himself as a community leader and ally to small business.
Supporting his children’s education led him to regular attendance at local school board meetings, which ultimately inspired him to run for office. He is humbled to have been elected by the voters to serve as the Pierce County Charter Review Commissioner and twice elected to the Peninsula School Board. Years later, as the last of his children prepare to leave the nest, he says his family still serves as his inspiration for his involvement.
“Pierce County is an incredible place to live and raise a family,” Olson says, “though I believe we can still do more to increase economic opportunities, prioritize public safety, and ensure transparent and responsible use of our tax dollars.” Traffic, the ST3/RTA tax, rising property taxes, and neighborhood safety are issues he believes are impacting the lives of District 7 residents day-to-day. “Every year, people in Pierce County are paying more, and getting less. And they know it.”
In addition to the School Board, Olson currently serves as President-Elect of the City Club of Tacoma, Vice President of the Hilltop Business Association, and on the boards of the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation and World Trade Center Tacoma. Olson is also a member of the Key Peninsula Business Association, Tacoma Transportation Club, and the Gig Harbor Rotary.
As a member of the Republican Party, Olson is proud to have a strong list of early endorsements, including those of State Senator Jan Angel, Former County Councilmember and current State Representative Joyce McDonald, State Representative Dick Muri, Gig Harbor Fire Commissioner Zachary Smith and former Pierce County Councilman Stan Flemming, who once held the same District 7 seat Olson hopes to win in November.
David Olson will spend the next seven months reaching out to voters to listen and earn their vote. He encourages members of the community to reach out to his campaign to voice their concerns about the district- “especially those who believe it’s time for change.” Voters can read more about David Olson on his website, ElectDavidOlson.com, his Facebook page, or find out more by emailing David@ElectDavidOlson.com.