Franklin — A former alderman who took a break from local government is ready to get back in the ring.
Steve Olson on Monday announced his decision to run for Franklin mayor.
Olson, a Franklin resident of nearly 25 years, served as alderman for the city's 2nd District from 1998 to 2001 and alderman for the 1st District from 2004 to 2013. He also served on multiple committees, including Economic Development and Finance.
"There's a saying that if you have some important task to do, you give it to a busy person — and that applies to me," Olson said.
However, Olson did not run for re-election to his aldermanic seat in 2013 due to work obligations and an extensive travel schedule.
"I made a conscious effort to step away from Franklin government for a time ... but I've now managed (my work obligations)," he said. "I'm ready to run."
Among his campaign platforms is an emphasis on creating more business in Franklin to offset the financial burden on residential taxpayers, he said.
Olson said his background in sales, as an account manager for Canon USA, makes him a pragmatic candidate.
"With me in the mayor seat, you'll see less politics and more action," he said.
Mayor Tom Taylor has decided not to seek re-election in April.
Alderman and County Supervisor Steve Taylor has indicated his interest in the post as well. Neither Taylor nor Olson has filed their nomination papers yet, which is required by Jan. 7 in order for a person to be listed as a candidate on the ballot.
Papers can still be taken out at the City Clerk's Office by interested, eligible residents.
If a primary is needed, it will be held Feb. 18. The general election is scheduled for April 1.
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