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Political newcomer to seek District 25 seat

A Democrat has announced her intention to run for Georgia’s state House District 25.

Christa Olenczak has announced she will run against District 25 state Rep. Todd Jones in 2020. Olenczak said she is a political newcomer, running for office for the first time, and has gotten involved with Forsyth County causes in recent years.

“With everything that’s been going on the last few years and what we’re looking at nationally and locally, I felt like I wanted to do more than what I had been doing,” Olenczak said. “You can call, you can email, you can write, you can send postcards, but it didn’t seem like it was having as much of an impact as I would like to see, so that’s one of the reasons I decided to run because I wanted to do more.”

Olenczak, who worked for more than 20 years as a project manager in telecommunications and continues to do contract work in the industry, said she was motivated to run for a position in the Georgia General Assembly because it would give her a chance to work on issues impacting all Georgians.

“As a mother, as a wife, as a woman, I think there are a lot of opportunities for Georgia that I would like to help with, and I think a lot of those fall at the state level,” she said. “We in Forsyth County have amazing schools, we have great education in our county… and I want to keep that money in our schools locally but also feel like every kid in the state of Georgia should have the same opportunities, so how can I help achieve that for all of our children?”

Along with educational issues, Olenczak said she supported taking action on climate change and renewable energy, is in favor of the Second Amendment but favored some gun control measures such as red flag laws and ending loopholes for sales at gun shows, favored expanding access to affordable healthcare and was against House Bill 481, often called the “heartbeat bill,” which would limit abortion in the state after six weeks.

“As a woman, I feel [the ban] is very negative for women [and] restricting our bodies and access to our bodies and taking reproductive decisions out of our control,” Olenczak said. “I think there’s other things we can do to help reduce abortion, making sure everybody has access to contraceptives, making sure we’ve got education, but I think just totally taking away a woman’s reproductive freedom is not the way you do it.”

Olenczak said she and her family had lived in south Forsyth for about 15 years and, if elected, wanted to represent all the constituents living in the area.

“One of my concerns with government today is that we’re so polarized,” she said. “We’re fighting each other from a party perspective instead of fighting for the people that we’re representing, and I feel like it’s hurting the people who are putting everyone in office. I’m not running for a party.

“I want to run and represent my entire district, all of my constituents, and I think we can work together instead of fighting each other, I think there is compromise and we have to have that compromise to do anything we want to do for our constituents.”

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