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Rep. Tyler Olson Enters Gubernatorial Race

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) – It’s a campaign promising to bring fresh air back to Iowa.

“Living at the end of the last 30 years with the same leadership we had in the early 1980’s is just not going to get the job done,’ said Democratic State Representative Tyler Olson.

“I think there are a lot of people who thing Governor Branstad has been governor for long enough,” said Olson supporter Sara Riley.

Olson’s backers criticize what they see as an older, inflexible Republican leadership that’s done little to improve Iowa’s economy.

“Iowa’s struggling to keep up in a rapidly changing world,” said Olson. “Only 14 states have experiences slower growth rate in the last two years.”

But Republicans say for those problems, Democrats can blame their own side of the aisle.

Incumbent Republican Governor Terry Branstad is expected to seek another term. Though he hasn’t said yet that he’s running, he already has a $2 million war chest.

As for how Republicans see Olson?

"Everything that happened under Governor Culver that our current administration had to come in and fix, Tyler Olson was a part of the problem,” said Linn County Republican Chairperson Cindy Golding.

In a written statement, the Branstad-Reynolds campaign committee agreed, calling Olson a, “…debt cheerleader, rooting for more debt, larger government and reckless spending.”

“How do we tailor our economic development policy to focus on innovation, small business and main street businesses,’ said Olson.

Olson has been in the state legislature since 2008, but is still relatively unknown throughout the state. After making his announcement this morning in Cedar Rapids, he did the same in Des Moines and Mason City.
 
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