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Kim Olson, Col., USAF (Ret.), announces candidacy for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture

Olson is a farmer and champion of education. She was part of the first generation of female military pilots, served in the Pentagon and deployed to several combat zones, including Iraq.

(Oct. 30, 2017) Kim Olson, Col., United States Air Force (Ret.), has announced her candidacy for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture. The primary will be held in March of 2018 and the general election in November of 2018.

Olson, a farmer, veteran, pilot and champion of education, is influencing the future of sustainable food production through her Community Supported Agriculture at the 4K River Ranch, Mineral Wells, Tex.

In working with veterans, nutritious food became the great healer for those struggling with the human heartbreak that is war.  Olson has a Natural-Organic Certification from the Texas Organic Research Center and is a Texas Master Gardener, provides naturally grown food, raises bees, and is committed to sustainable eco-agriculture.  She grows produce for Texas families, provides training on growing healthy food, and lectures on small scale farming.

Her 25 years in uniform encompassed a time of great change. She was part of the first generation of female military pilots, eventually accumulating nearly 4,000 hours of flying time.  As one of the first women to command an operational flying squadron, Olson rose to the rank of Colonel. She served in the Pentagon, and she deployed to several combat zones, including Iraq.

After her military retirement in 2005, she entered the field of public education. By 2007 she was the Director of Human Resources for Dallas Independent School District, the second largest in Texas, responsible for 22,000 employees and a billion-dollar budget. In that same year, she was elected to the Weatherford Independent School District Board of Trustees, and in 2009 the district was recognized as the “Texas Outstanding Board of the Year.”

By 2010, Kim was back in military service, this time serving the Texas State Guard for three years as Director of IT and personnel systems at their Austin headquarters. Her expertise prepared and trained the 2,300 volunteer military forces who augment state and local authorities during natural and manmade disasters.

As the retired CEO/President of Grace After Fire, a Texas-based nonprofit dedicated to helping women veterans help themselves, she reshaped how care was delivered to thousands of women veterans.

Olson exemplifies those military veterans who continue to serve their communities and their nation and in 2014 was inducted into “Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.”

Olson’s website is https://www.kimolson4txag.com/ and her Facebook page is “Kim Olson for Agriculture Commissioner.”

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Kim Olson, Democratic Party Candidate for Agriculture Commissioner will be in  Rockwall County for a Meet and Greet on Sunday, November 19th from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm , 213 Carriage Hill Lane, Heath,Tx.

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