Stanislaus County Supervisor Kristin Olsen Will Not Seek Re-Election. A Modesto Councilman Says He’ll Run for the Seat.

Stanislaus County Supervisor Kristin Olsen will not seek re-election to another term. Olsen announced her decision Monday, 18 months before her current term ends. The supervisor told the Modesto Bee she did so because of California’s early primary in March 2020.

Olsen has served as a supervisor since 2017. She was the Republican leader in the Assembly from 2014 to 2016 and previously served as a member of the Modesto City Council.

“I believe public service is for a season, not a lifetime, and it is time for me to pass the torch of elected leadership onto somebody else,” Olsen said in a statement. While she would not rule out running for public office in the future, she says she has no plans to do so anytime soon.

“She is extremely smart and talented in the political arena, and I have learned a lot from her,” Supervisor Vito Chiesa said of his colleague. Board Chairman Terry Withrow called her a good supervisor.

Modesto City Councilman Bill Zoslocki has already announced his decision to run for Olsen’s seat. He filed preliminary paperwork Monday.