Londonderry Rep. Oliver Olsen stepping down from House seat

This article by Greg Sukiennik originally appeared Sunday in the Manchester Journal.

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Vermont state Rep. Oliver Olsen

LONDONDERRY — State Rep. Oliver Olsen has announced he is stepping down from his seat representing the Windham-Bennington-Windsor district in the state House of Representatives in January.

“Serving the people of Jamaica, Londonderry, Stratton, Weston, and Winhall has been the greatest honor of my life, and I will always be grateful to the people of our community who entrusted me with the responsibility of representing their interests in Montpelier. But a vibrant democracy is dependent upon change, and the time has come for someone new to represent us,” Olsen said in an email message distributed Sunday night.

Olsen has not yet set a specific date for when he will step down, he said Sunday.

An independent, Olsen said his increasing professional responsibilities have made it difficult to balance his job with his family life and the time demands of representing his district. He said he works for a large multinational software company and has been asked “to take on additional responsibilities over the past year.”

Read full story at the Manchester Journal.

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