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Demobilizing before next engagement | Letters | Nov. 19

Now in the campaign demobilization phase with Olsen campaign signs gathered and bundled for 2012 action, thanks and observations are in order.

Notwithstanding a momentous national conservative-political sea-change, Kitsap County voters opted for the Democrat-incumbent option. Undaunted, I am positive and ready for the re-engagement.

I am deeply honored to have been a candidate in the sacred rites of Democracy. I can confirm that all the bromides about political campaigns bringing out the best and worst in people are true. I have learned hard lessons from this skirmish, but the bigger battle gathers.

However, on the positive side I was touched and inspired by my interactions with my fellow voters at the parades, fairs, forums, TV/radio appearances and our door-step talks. I heard your concerns and dreams for Washington State.

You have my pledge that over the next 700-plus days, I will find vehicles such as BKAT, Outlaw Radio and LTE to shed light on the actions/inactions of our 23rd Legislative delegation. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

As constituents, you have a vested interest in real fiscal solutions, not current band-aid triage. My loyal-opposition website (www.VoteOlsen23.com) and email (VoteOlsen23.gmail.com) will remain in force. Keep in contact.

In the immortal words of Gen. Douglas MacArthur as he retreated from the Philippines, during World War II: “I came through and I shall return.” God bless.

James M. Olsen

Fort Ward

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