Endorsements

District 34GOP slate good in District 34  Each bring a unique, positive perspective to the legislative process that will benefit the residents of South Dakota and Rapid City.

“The residents of District 34 have a great slate of Republican candidates for the state Legislature this year — Jeff Partridge for Senate and Mike Diedrich and Jess Olson for the House of Representatives. I have known Jeff, Mike and Jess for many years. They each are thoughtful, committed and strong community advocates. They each bring a unique, positive perspective to the legislative process that will benefit the residents of South Dakota and Rapid City.

They each also bring a wealth of professional experience, which is always a plus in Pierre. Jeff, Mike and Jess also have demonstrated tremendous commitment to their community as evidenced by the numerous groups and activities in which they are involved.

It gives me great comfort to know that these three will continue in the steps of some of the great people we have elected from District 34, namely Mac McCracken, Ed McLaughlin, Dan Dryden and Craig Tieszen. All three of these candidates will carry on the legacy of these fine legislators, and I am grateful for their willingness to do so. Please vote Partridge for Senate, Diedrich and Olson for the House of Representatives in District 34.”

~David Lust,
District 34 Constituent
Rapid City, SD

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If you want someone to represent you that will truly listen to your concerns and have the heart of our community first on her mind, then vote for Jess Olson.

“It is my privilege to support Jess Olson for District 34 House of Representatives. I served with Ms. Olson on the Rapid City Library Board. She chaired the board with confidence and grace. She took the time to study the issues and helped guide the board with clear direction, while giving everyone the chance to participate and air their concerns. 

I know she will take that same skill set of confidence, fact finding, listening and digging into the issues with her to Pierre. Jess will be a breath of fresh air at the Legislature. If you want someone to represent you that will truly listen to your concerns and have the heart of our community first on her mind, then vote for Jess Olson. She will work for our families, our community and our state.”

~Becky Drury,
Rapid City Council
Rapid City, SD

Dedication! Jess is dedicated to District 34.

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“Jess is firm in her beliefs but recognizes compromise is sometimes necessary. Jess will be an advocate for what matters the most to District 34, results. As a mother, wife, and God-fearing woman, she will bring trustworthiness and passion to the House. Jess is a skillful leader who demands the best and will fight for the best for District 34. 

Furthermore, Jess is committed to not just District 34 but the entire Rapid City community. That dedication to all is what District 34 wants and needs in Pierre to advocate on their behalf.”

~Linton T. Clarke, III, Esq.,
Deputy Public Defender
Rapid City, SD

Her will to make South Dakota a better place for all of us to enjoy is unmatched.

“Our family is new to District 34, but we are not new to knowing Jess Olson as an extremely compassionate and extraordinarily capable leader in the Rapid City community.  Her voice is strong and one of reason; something that is so desperately needed during these times.

Her will to make South Dakota a better place for all of us to enjoy is unmatched.  We are pleased to call her our neighbor and will be proud to cast our votes for Jess Olson for SD District 34 House.” 

~Doug & Erin Mills
District 34 constituents
Rapid City, SD

Jess brings professionalism and leadership to be a positive voice for District 34.

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“As a long time District 34 resident and voter, I am casting my vote for Jess Olson for House of Representatives. I’ve known Jess for many years, and she is the kind of person who holds my respect and who I know will represent us well in Pierre. She is a dedicated public servant who cares about her family, her friends and neighbors, and she works daily to make Rapid City and South Dakota a better place to live.

Jess also brings professionalism and leadership to be a positive voice for District 34. I believe she will be a true advocate for our best interests, listen to the people of District 34 and make decisions with good common sense, fiscal stewardship, and from a caring perspective as a person who I know lives a faith-filled life.

I wish her the very best on June 5th and urge my District 34 neighbors to cast their vote for Jess Olson.”

~Bruce Thalacker
Retired Pastor, South Canyon Lutheran Church
District 34 constituent
Rapid City, SD

Jess is a dedicated member of the community… I have no doubt that Jess will work hard for you as a representative.

“I’m writing to encourage your vote for Jess Olson, candidate for South Dakota House of Representatives in District 34.  Jess has shown leadership, fiscal responsibility and a can-do attitude in her role as the Executive Director at WellFully, a Rapid City nonprofit organization serving children and families. With this skill-set, Jess will serve you well as your representative in Pierre.

Beyond her work as a nonprofit leader, Jess is a dedicated member of the community, serving on the Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee.  She is also a past board chair for the Rapid City Library. I have no doubt that Jess will work hard for you as a representative.

I confidently recommend Jess Olson to be your District 34 Representative, and I encourage you to vote for her on June 5th.”

~Dennis Daugaard
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She is a great leader and a role model for others. I support her candidacy 100%.

“It is so refreshing to hear about Jessica’s desire to run for office. She is a full time wife, mother and professional and still has interest in serving in the House of Representatives for District 34. She is a great leader and a role model for others. I support her candidacy 100%.”

~Lucy Burchill
District 34 constituent
Rapid City, SD

Her intelligence and understanding of the community of Rapid City was always an asset.

“I worked with Ms. Olson during my time as director of the Rapid City Public Library when she served as member and then chair of the Rapid City Library Board of Trustees.

During that time, Ms. Olson was extremely helpful and engaged with issues involving the library’s relationship with the city and the public at large. Her intelligence and understanding of the community of Rapid City was always an asset in aiding the library in best serving the residents of Rapid City.

Ms. Olson was articulate, responsive, and conversant in the issues of concern to the Board of Trustees. It was probably her familiarity with the minutia of the issues that made Ms. Olson a valuable ally and an effective chair of the library’s Board of Trustees.

She was always accessible to the staff of the library, as well as the public. She was a pleasure to work with as she brought a balanced approach to the needs of the library and the public it served.”

~James McShane
Director, 2013-2017
Rapid City Public Library

Jess Olson is the kind of leader we need. Someone we can point to and say to our children, ‘be like her.’ It’s for these reasons and more, I plan to vote for Jess Olson for District 34.

“Now, more than ever, we need leaders with character, courage, and common sense to serve us at all levels of government. Leaders guided by values and driven by a vision for what could and should be. Leaders who are a force for good. This is why I am pleased to support Jess Olson to serve as the District 34 South Dakota state representative. She is exactly the kind of leader and representative we need in Pierre!

Many candidates call themselves a leader, Jess Olson has proven it. She has earned the respect of many community members with the outstanding work she has done as CEO of Wellfully. Many kids (and now, adults) have learned to make better choices and have found purpose in their lives because of this remarkable organization. This doesn’t happen by accident, it takes a great team and visionary leadership. Jess believes Rapid City (and South Dakota) is where possibility lives.

This is why her focus will be on fiscal leadership, supporting businesses, and workforce development. As a District 34 voter, that’s an agenda I can get behind. Jess Olson is the kind of leader we need. Someone we can point to and say to our children, ‘be like her.’ It’s for these reasons and more, I plan to vote for Jess Olson for District 34.”

~Jason Salamun,
President, City Council of Rapid City
District 34 constituent
Rapid City, SD

I have no doubt that Jess will fight for what’s best – not just for her district, but for South Dakota as whole.

“It’s vital to support qualified individuals who are eager to represent us in our state government. That’s why I’ll be voting for Jess Olson to represent District 34 in the South Dakota House. Jess can hit the ground running on day one of her term and will bring renewed enthusiasm to the House along with the qualifications necessary to create a positive impact.

In my time working with Jess, I quickly came to realize her effectiveness as a leader. As the Executive Director for WellFully, Inc, she has shown strong fiscal management skills by balancing the budget which helped the non-profit go from operating at an annual loss to operating with an annual surplus. In addition, Jess has shown visionary leadership as evidenced by WellFully’s current growth. She is spearheading a new building for the non-profit that will almost triple its capacity. The direct results of this project will have a positive impact for over 900 local youth per year.

I have no doubt that Jess will fight for what’s best – not just for her district, but for South Dakota as a whole.”

~Allyson Wiblemo,
WellFully Board Member
District 34 constituent
Rapid City, SD

As neighbors for nearly 4 years, we have experienced firsthand Jess as a committed wife, mother, daughter, and friend who is passionately involved in the lives of others.

“My wife and I wholeheartedly endorse Jess Olson for representative of District 34. As neighbors for nearly 4 years, we have experienced firsthand Jess as a committed wife, mother, daughter, and friend who is passionately involved in the lives of others. We are confident that she will apply this same passionate commitment in fulfilling the obligations of representative. South Dakota will benefit greatly from the efforts of one of its own. We look forward to watching Jess perform the duties of representative.”

~Ron & Julie Hauck,
District 34 constituents
Rapid City, SD

Jessica Olson would be a wonderful representative for District 34!

“Jessica Olson would be a wonderful representative for District 34! She’s incredibly caring, dedicated to doing good in the community, and intelligent.”

~Michaela Mader Tully,
Rapid City, SD