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“I left the legislature in 2002 after serving 2 years as Caucus Chairman, 9 years as Minority Leader and 7 years as Speaker of the House.  Look what the two of you helped start. …Good luck Rick in your run for the legislature. You will be outstanding.” 

Former State Representative Clyde Ballard
(E. Wenatchee, Washington)

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Saline, MI 48176

Upcoming Events: (stay tuned)

General Election: Tuesday, November 2

Freshman Legislator Orientation, Sunday - Tuesday, November 7-9.

Past Events:

General Election Victory:
Washtenaw County: Olson - 7605, Smith 7397
Monroe County: Olson - 9690, Smith - 7984
District 55 Total: 17,295 to 15,381, or 52.9%

National Issues Forum: Tuesday, October 5, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.,  Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, 1000 Beal Avenue, Ann Arbor (on the U of M north campus), "Economic Security: How Should We Take Charge of Our Future?", Rick Olson was the lead moderator!

Last Day to Register to Vote: Monday, October 4 (Sorry, too late for this election.)

40th Wedding Anniversary - Linda and I were married on September 19, 1970 on the MSU campus in the Horticulture Gardens.

Primary Election!!!!! I received 3,775 (49%) of the 7,713 votes cast in the Republican primary election for the 55th Legislative district. This compares with 25% for Frank Chrzanowski, 21% for Mary Kay Thayer, and 4% for Andrew Sosnoski. On the Democratic ticket, Mike Smith was unopposed and received 3,885 votes.

Student Statesmanship Institute Scholarship Recipient announced!. I am sponsoring a student from Leg. District 55 to attend the 5 day Student Statesmanship Institute in Lansing, July 25-30 for a Legislative Experience, as a mock member of the Michigan House of Representatives. http://voiceforthepeople.net/ssi.htm

Eric Armbruster, of Pittsfield Township will attend SSI. He is the son of Philip and Michelle Armbruster, and will be a sophomore at Huron High School in the fall. His interest is public policy and attends the University Lutheran Church. Congratulations, Eric! You will love the week

Michigan Turnaround Plan Summit - May 17, Lansing. Sponsored by the Business Leaders for Michigan.

A National Issues Forum, entitled "America's Role in the World: What does national security mean in the 21st century?" was held at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library on April 20, 2010.  

More information about the National Issues Forum can be obtained at http://comingtogether.us.com/. Click here for forum materials.

A National Issues Forum style forum on "Reforming the Michigan Tax Structure: Putting Michigan Back to Work" was held

  • January 21 at the Bedford Public Library in Temperance, MI and
  • February 17 at the Pittsfield Charter Township Hall.

For more information and to download the Issue Guide, go to http://comingtogether.us.com/tax.htm

A Parliamentary Procedure Interactive Workshop was held on February 24 at the Monroe County Community College and on April 7 at the Ann Arbor District Library for community leaders and activists to conduct more effective meetings. I am willing to conduct this workshop for other groups upon request. This is a fun, engaging way to learn the basics of Parliamentary Procedure, as you briefly hear the theory, put it into action through skits, and have a few laughs along the way. For more information, contact me or download the Fundamentals of Parliamentary Law.(PDF)