Alan Olsen will keep Oregon Senate seat
Unofficial results Nov. 6 indicate that Alan Olsen has easily kept his District 20 Oregon Senate seat for a third term.
"I'm very excited and once again this is like a flower on top of the cake," he told Pamplin Media Group.
Olsen won with 52 percent of the vote compared to his closest opponent, Charles Gallia, who earned nearly 46 percent.
Olsen stressed his concerns with a Democratic super majority in the Senate that he thinks will be hard to work with to get anything through. For example, the state's voters passed Measure 102, bonds for affordable housing. Olsen worries that this will cause the state's property taxes to pass $1 billion.
He wants to ensure a better tax exemption for 100 percent disabled veterans.
"It hasn't increased in 25 years," he said, noting he hopes that's something he can get through a mostly Democratic Legislature.
"I would just watch and see what comes your way. Remember that to get these social measures for the best, it's going to cost us," he said. "I'm happy I won, but at this point I feel that the glass isn't even half full."
His opponent, Gallia, was extremely tired when Pamplin Media reached him. He'd spent the day knocking on nearly 100 doors to get out the vote during the day. While he doesn't have any long-term plans he did say that he would like to work on climate change and various other areas.
"I wish there was an opportunity to work on issues. I think it's important to have economic recognition of being on the forefront of clean-energy jobs," he said.