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Kristin Olsen
A fresh GOP voice from the San Joaquin Valley
A fresh GOP voice from the San Joaquin Valley

The San Joaquin Valley may be struggling to grow food because of the dust-bowling drought. But it's having no trouble producing Republican leaders. OK, that's a non sequitur. But maybe not so much. The latest Republican leader to emerge from the San Joaquin is Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen of Modesto, a conservative with an appealing moderate tone, who nevertheless has strong views about water development. She isn't easily pigeonholed. Unlike some valley Republicans, Olsen is adamantly opposed — as are many environmentalists — to Gov. Jerry Brown's obsessive effort to dig two massive water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The...