Des Moines Register
Political Cause: Tyler Olson, 30, Democrat
His district: Iowa House District 38 - most of Southeast and most of
School: Government and history degree from
Why he ran for office: "I saw an opportunity to get involved at the state level," Olson said. "Be a part of some of the discussions of where
His other job: Lawyer at a
Age factor: Olson ran for an open seat held by a Democrat before him, so he thought he had a decent chance of winning from the start. "My age was something that I wondered how people would react to," he said. "The only people that even mentioned it to me during the campaign did it in a positive way. People were interested in a new generation of leadership, and a different perspective."
The campaign trail: Olson said he knocked on some 9,500 doors. "When you go to somebody's home like that, you get their honest opinion," he said. "People are less likely to come to a forum or a campaign event. I found that the more effort I made to meet people individually, the more I was able to listen to them, to have them share their views with me."
What he's learned so far: "I'm doing this an hour at a time at this point," he said. "People are very willing to help out, and offer their insight and advice. I receive the same reaction here that I did on the campaign trail: People are excited we have some new perspectives, and are interested in what we have to say."
His dream accomplishment: "Really capitalizing on the partnerships between our education system and our economic development efforts. The two go hand in hand, and you can't really have one without the other."
Etc...: Olson was an All-American swimmer in high school and college. "Two-a-day practices," he said. "I'd get to school when it's dark and leave when it's dark. I learned a lot of life lessons those days. I look back on it fondly." - Tim Paluch
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