April 23, 2014
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Ottawa man running for Congress

Ottawa, Ill. -- A recently retired medical technician is collecting signatures to run in the Democratic primary for Congress in the 16th Illinois District.
     Randall Olsen grew up in Ottawa, has been working at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, and moved back to Ottawa in August when he retired. Days later, he decided to run for office.
     Olsen says he’s a lifelong Democrat, his dad was a Democrat, and he’s big on supporting unions.
     Olsen says the Affordable Care Act is a good idea, but it can probably use some adjustments. But the politicians getting all the attention are those who want to keep it as is and those who want to get rid of the entire thing. Olsen says people should expect to make some changes to it.
     One challenge with making changes is getting lawmakers to talk about what changes to make. Olsen hopes to tackle the communication problem. He says with degrees in psychology and theology, he understands people of different viewpoints need to talk to each other to forge solutions rather than constantly being in stand-offs.
     The current 16th District Congressman is Republican Adam Kinzinger. He’s in his second term. Kinzinger is facing a primary challenge from David Hale, a tea party organizer from Rockford.
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Location : Illinois DistrictOttawa
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