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The Aberdeen City Council election will take place June 2nd and absentee voting has already begun.  The race for a southeast seat on the council features three candidates including business owners Tiffany Langer and Dave Welling and incumbent Dennis “Mike” Olson.


Olson’s first name is Dennis, but growing up friends called him Mike and he still goes by that name today.


He first got on the council filling a vacancy left by Lori Swanson, finishing her first term and winning a special election to remain in the seat.  Olson says the learning curve is steep when on city council and he hopes to continue learning by winning re-election…





Mike has spent much of his professional life in both law enforcement and elected office.  Originally from the Ipswich area, Olson served as an Aberdeen police officer before winning the Edmunds County Sheriff seat and serving in that capacity for 17 years.  He would then retire from law enforcement and went into private investigation work.


The city has taken action which affects businesses during this COVID-19 pandemic.  The council first past stricter regulations, which have now been rolled back partially.  Olson has been an advocate for stricter restrictions during this time and defends that position by citing public health concerns…




Olson says if he is re-elected he hopes to represent the entire city of Aberdeen, not just the people of the southeast district…