Justin Olson Resigns from ATRA to Run for the Legislature

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Justin Olson, a Senior Research Analyst for the Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA), recently resigned from ATRA to pursue a seat in the State House of Representatives from legislative district (LD) 19.

Olson said, “After many enjoyable years at ATRA, it was with mixed emotions that I recently cleaned out my office and shut off the lights for one last time. I will miss the daily interactions with ATRA’s wonderful staff and members; but at the same time, I am very excited and passionately motivated to run for the open seat in my district.”

Olson continued, “These are critical times for our state and our nation. I am running for the legislature to help defend Arizonans against excessive taxes. I will be a voice for fiscal responsibility. And I will work to remove the government induced barriers to job creation so Arizonans can get back to work.”

“Justin is the right choice,” U.S. Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) said regarding Justin’s announcement. “The Democrats in Washington have launched a full-scale assault on the limited-government principles that have made our nation great. We must elect experienced conservatives like Justin to our state legislature to defend the state’s rights and protect our freedoms.”

State Senator Chuck Gray from LD19 also had a reaction to Justin entering the race. “Justin is exceptionally well prepared to serve in the legislature,” said Senator Chuck Gray. “Justin has spent years on the front lines defending the citizens of Arizona against government intrusion and excessive taxes. He is an expert on public finance and the state budget,” Gray continued. “With the state’s ongoing structural deficit as the major crisis of our day, legislators with Justin’s knowledge and experience are needed now more than ever!”

Rusty Bowers, a current congressional candidate that spent nine years representing much of the area included in LD19, also expressed strong support for Justin. Rusty said, “Justin has my full support and confidence. Voters deserve a principled leader of his caliber.” Rusty continued, “Justin is trustworthy, honest, and well-respected. He has the character and experience to make a real difference in state politics. Mesa will be well-served with Justin in the legislature.”

In addition to Congressman Trent Franks, Senator Chuck Gray, and former Mesa Legislator Rusty Bowers, Justin’s campaign is also endorsed by State Representative Laurin Hendrix, State Senator Sylvia Allen, State Senator Linda Gray, State Representative Judy Burges, LD19 Republican Chair Pat Oldroyd, Former LD19 Republican Chairman Chuck Daggs, LD19 Republican State Committeewoman Deborrah Miller, LD19 Republican 2nd Vice Chairman Dan Grimm, LD19 Republican 3rd Vice Chairman Bill Whitehead, and LD19 Republican 3rd Vice Chairman and State Committeeman Brandon Trichel.

To read more about Justin’s views on issues go to www.votejustinolson.com.


  1. “former Mesa Legislator Rusty Bowers”…
    Is this the same Rusty Bowers running for Congress in CD1? As in the district that is nowhere near Mesa?

    Carpetbaggers BEWARE: Sydney Hay tried to carpetbag her way into Congress in ’08 and we sure as hell aren’t going to let it happen again.

  2. Sadly, I read his web page and nearly f***ing puked. I’m sorry, but are we really in need of yeat another ideologue who spews all sorts of “patriotic, neocon verbiage” about the excessive taxation in our state and nation? And I’m a conservative, dammit!! When are we going to put someone in the legislature who has intrepid policy skills with a bit of common sense? Things are broken and they need to be fixed. Justin Olsen, as far as I can see right now, isn’t the guy to help.

  3. I read Justin’s web page and I think he makes a lot of sense. I think he is right on the issues and sounds very passionate about what he believes. I hope him the best of success.

  4. Just an FYI – Justin Olson was born and raised in east Mesa, in the district in which he is running for office (I know him personally).

  5. Donald R. Papa says

    More and more people are appreciating Justin’s knowledge of taxes and the effect of taxes upon the economic growth of the State of Arizona.

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