JAMAICA -- Former state representative Oliver Olsen has announced his intention to run as an independent for the Windham-Windsor-Bennington house seat in the 2014 election, following the announcement that Rep. Charles "Tim" Goodwin will not seek re-election. The house district includes the "mountain towns" of Jamaica, Londonderry, Stratton, Weston, and Winhall. Olsen previously represented the district in the Vermont House from 2010 until 2013.

"Between property taxes, education governance, health care reform, and economic development, Vermont is facing some monumental issues over the next few years. I plan to leverage my experience to bring forward innovative solutions to these challenges, while being a strong advocate for our community," said Olsen.

Commenting on Rep. Goodwin's decision not to seek re-election, Olsen said, "Tim Goodwin has served our community well. His level-headed, calm approach to assessing difficult issues has earned the respect of his colleagues in Montpelier; I'm really happy to have had him as our representative over the past two years."

Olsen has a long history of public service and is a proven leader with a record of significant accomplishments and a reputation for getting things done. He currently serves as a Trustee at Burr & Burton Academy and as a Justice of the Peace, and has previously served as the chair of the planning commission and selectboard in Jamaica.


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During his time in the Legislature, Olsen served on the General, Housing, and Military Affairs Committee, the powerful tax-writing Ways & Means Committee, and co-chaired the Committee on Improving Vermont's Information Technology Economy.

After growing up in Danby, Olsen left Vermont as a young adult, and has worked hard to advance a successful professional career within the technology and management consulting industries. He has successfully managed multi-million dollar technology implementation projects in the public and private sector in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia and is currently the Director of Consulting Services for a global software company. Olsen and his wife, Peggy Floume, have lived in Jamaica for the past ten years, and have three children, Ethan, Karsten, and Zoe. Olsen, 37, lived in Chicago, Great Britain, and Australia before returning to Vermont.