Although the vast bulk of SD 20 covers Clackamas County, the southern line of the district that separates it from SD 9 sweeps into Marion County to capture the couple dozen residents between the northern city limits of Aurora west of the Pudding River and the Aurora airport. Senator Alan Olsen is seeking his third term. He expects to continue his focus on three "Es" of Employment, Education, and Efficiency (in government). Efficiency in government is the leg that has attracted the most attention. In his first term he pushed a bill to require that all amendments to legislation carry the name of the legislator(s) proposing them. Although it went down to defeat in the Senate on a party-line vote, he has vowed to introduce the bill in each session.
Sen. Olsen's conservative positions are a stark contrast to those of his predecessor, Sen. Kurt Schrader (upon his election to Congress representing CD 5, his estranged wife, Martha, was appointed to fulfill his term; Sen. Olsen defeated her in 2010). He has a lifetime rating of 86% from the American Conservative Union and ratings of 100% from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (for 2015-16), the Oregon Chamber of Commerce (for 2017), and the Oregon Farm Bureau (for 2017-18).
Sen. Olsen will face Democrat Charles Gallia, an analyst with Oregon's Dept. of Human Services. Because the Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) did not field a candidate of their own and Sen. Olsen received the most write-in votes, he will also appear on the ballot as the candidate for the party.
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