Kurt Olson

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Kurt Olson
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Alaska House of Representatives District 29
Incumbent
In office
2005-Present
Term ends
January 26, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$50,400/year
Per diem$234/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014]]
First elected2004
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Long Beach, 1977
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1967-1971
Personal
BirthdayMarch 24, 1948
Place of birthSacramento, CA
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Kurt Olson (b. March 24, 1948) is a Republican member of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing District 29. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Biography

Olson's professional experience includes working as an Alaska Legislative Aide, Insurance Broker - Commercial Lines, Custom Seafood Processor and in the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Industry. Olson served in the United States Air Force.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Olson served on the following committees:

Alaska Committee Assignments, 2013
Community & Regional Affairs
Labor & Commerce, Chair
Resources
Rules
Economic Development, Trade & Tourism
Fisheries
Legislative Budget and Audit

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Olson served on these committees:[1]

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Olson served on these committees:

Issues

  • HB 10 - "An Act authorizing a borough to charge a city for costs of collecting certain taxes; relating to a mandatory exemption from municipal property taxes for residences of certain widows or widowers, and to optional exemptions from municipal property taxes for property of certain fraternal organizations, for certain college property, and for certain residential property; and providing for an effective date."
  • HB 29 - "An Act increasing the minimum wage; and providing for an effective date."

[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alaska House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 19, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Shauna L. Thornton was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while District 29 incumbent Kurt E. Olson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Olson defeated Thornton in the general election.[3][4][5][6]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 30, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKurt E. Olson Incumbent 73.1% 5,285
     Democratic Shauna L. Thornton 26.9% 1,940
Total Votes 7,225

2012

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2012

Olson ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Alaska House of Representatives District 29. He defeated Gary Knopp in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8] Olson won re-election in the general election.[9]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 29, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKurt E. Olson Incumbent 96.6% 6,260
     Write-in Write-in 3.4% 217
Total Votes 6,477
Alaska House of Representatives, District 29 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKurt Olson Incumbent 56.1% 1,679
Gary Knopp 43.9% 1,314
Total Votes 2,993

2010

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2010

Olson won re-election to the 33rd District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the August 24 primary.[10] He defeated Richard Waisanen in the November 2 general election.[11]

Alaska House of Representatives District 33 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kurt Olson (R) 4,995
Richard Waisanen (D) 1,525

2008

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2008

In 2008, Olson was re-elected to the Alaska House of Representatives District 33. Olson (R) finished with 5,461 votes and was followed by Richard Waisanen (D) with 1,633 votes and Kelly Wolf (I) with 1,013 votes.[12] Olson raised $42,820 for his campaign fund.[13]

Alaska House of Representatives District 33
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kurt Olson (R) 5,461
Richard Waisanen (D) 1,633
Kelly Wolf (I) 1,013

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Olson is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Olson raised a total of $227,130 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 2, 2013.[14]

Kurt Olson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Alaska State House, District 29 Won $40,225
2010 Alaska State House, District 33 Won $26,070
2008 Alaska State House, District 33 Won $42,820
2006 Alaska State House, District 33 Won $66,566
2004 Alaska State House, District 33 Won $51,449
Grand Total Raised $227,130

2012

Olson won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Olson raised a total of $40,225.
Alaska House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kurt Olson's campaign in 2012
Alaska Association of Realtors$2,000
Alaska Teamsters$2,000
Alaska Dental Society$1,500
Gci$1,500
Alaska Cabaret Hotel Restaurant & Retailers Association$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$40,225
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Olson won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Olson raised a total of $26,070.

2008

Olson won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Olson raised a total of $42,820.

2006

Olson won re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Olson raised a total of $66,566.

2004

Olson won election to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Olson raised a total of $51,449.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 28th Alaska State Legislature was in session from January 21 to April 20.

Legislators are scored on "how supportive they are of Alaska’s private business sector."[15]

2012

In 2012, the 27th Alaska State Legislature was in session from January 17 to April 15. It was in special session from April 15 to April 30.[16]

Legislators are scored on "how supportive they are of Alaska’s private business sector."[15]

Personal

Olson and his wife, Barbara, have two children.

Olson is a member of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Kenai Rotary, Kenai Wild Salmon Brand Board, Peninsula Winter Games Board, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Board, Soldotna Rotary and Spenard Rotary.[17]

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References

  1. Alaska House of Representatives of Representatives, "House Majority Members" accessed September 18, 2012 (dead link)
  2. Alaska State Legislature, "Bills Sponsored/Co-Sponsored by Rep. Olson," accessed March 12, 2014
  3. Alaska Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed June 4, 2014
  4. Alaska Secretary of State, "Unofficial primary election results," accessed August 20, 2014
  5. Alaska Secretary of State, "Official general election candidate list," accessed September 11, 2014
  6. Alaska Secretary of State, "Official General Election Results," accessed November 25, 2014
  7. Alaska Division of Elections, "2012 Primary Candidate List," accessed March 12, 2014
  8. Alaska Division of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed March 12, 2014
  9. Alaska Election Division, "Official 2012 General election results," accessed November 16, 2012
  10. Alaska Division of Elections, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed March 12, 2014
  11. Alaska Division of Elections, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 12, 2014
  12. Follow the Money, "Alaska House of Representatives official election results," accessed March 12, 2014
  13. Follow the Money, "Campaign funds," accessed March 12, 2014
  14. followthemoney.org, "Olson, Kurt," accessed August 2, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 Alaska Business Report Card, "About ABRC," accessed September 11, 2014
  16. StateScape, Session schedules, accessed April 30, 2012
  17. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed March 12, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
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Alaska House of Representatives District 29
2013–present
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
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Alaska House of Representatives District 33
2005–2013
Succeeded by
Peggy Wilson (R)