I will vote for Vivian Olson for Edmonds City Council in the November election. Ms. Olson’s academic credentials alone merit serious consideration. She is an Air Force Academy graduate with an additional graduate degree in aeronautical science, and other advanced education ranging from contracting and contract law to accounting. She possesses a superb intellect and a strong educational foundation in leadership and management. Her Air Force assignments culminating as the on-site contract administrator at a major aerospace company, indicate exceptional performance in highly demanding positions. Since leaving the Air Force, Ms. Olson has continued her success in business, while raising a family in Edmonds, and serving the community in volunteer positions for many years.
I met Ms. Olson as she was researching the position of Edmonds City Councilmember. She has been tenaciously seeking information on how the Edmonds city government works and should work and is actively researching issues the council will be expected to address in the coming months and years. Her research is thorough, objective, and provides a solid basis for decision making. Ms. Olson listens respectfully to all sides, does her own research, and establishes her position based on the facts available. She understands that there is rarely a perfect solution, or one that pleases everyone, and that it sometimes takes courage to make a decision based on fact rather than emotion. I find that honest and refreshing.
Vivian Olson is an exceptional candidate for the Edmonds City Council. She has no special interest constituency, no aspirations for higher office, and no political loyalty beyond the citizens of Edmonds. She is highly intelligent, resourceful, and capable. She is one of those outstanding individuals willing to serve their community for no reason other than to make it a better place in which to live. I support her election to the Edmonds City Council in the strongest terms.