Cathy Olesen

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Cathy Olesen
Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly
for Sherwood Park
Assumed office
April 23, 2012
Preceded by Iris Evans
Mayor of Strathcona County
In office
October 26, 2004[1] – October 26, 2010[2]
Preceded by Vern Hartwell[3]
Succeeded by Linda Osinchuk[4]
Strathcona County Councillor for Ward 4
In office
1995[5] – October 26, 2004[1]
Preceded by new ward[5]
Succeeded by Peter Wlodarczak[1]
Personal details
Born 1960/1961 (age 53–54)[6]
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Rex Adam[7]
Children four[7]
Website Official website

Cathy Olesen MLA, (born c. 1961) is a politician in Alberta, Canada. She served on Strathcona County Council from 1995, first as a councillor then mayor, until her defeat in 2010. Olesen then went into provincial politics, and has represented Sherwood Park since the 2012 provincial election.

Political career[edit]

Cathy Olesen successfully ran for County councillor, in the new Ward 4, in 1995. She held this position for three terms, until deciding to take a run for mayor. Olesen become mayor of Strathcona County in 2004, and was re-elected in 2007, in a close three-way race. In 2010 Olesen lost to Linda Osinchuk.

In 2012, with Sherwood Park MLA Iris Evans retiring, Olesen ran for the Progressive Conservative (PC) nomination. She won the PC nomination by only one vote over Susan Timanson.[8][9] On April 23, 2012, Olesen won the Sherwood Park riding, and successfully made her way into provincial politics.

Alberta general election, 2012: Sherwood Park
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Cathy Olesen
     Liberal Dave Anderson
     Wildrose Garnett Genuis
     NDP Lyndsay Pinder
     Alberta Party Chris Kuchmak
     Independent James Ford
     Social Credit Gordon Barrett
Total 100%


  1. ^ a b c "Minutes of the Organizational Meeting of the Council". Strathcona County. November 9, 2004. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ and Legal Services/Agendas reports minutes/Council-Organizational-Meeting-October-26-2010.aspx "Council Organizational Meeting - October 26, 2010". Strathcona County. November 12, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Minutes of a Regular Meeting of the Council". Strathcona County. October 26, 2004. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ Roblin, Jacqueline (October 18, 2010). Releases/Election-Results.aspx "Strathcona County Election Results". Strathcona County. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b government/Councillors/past-councils.aspx "Past Councils". Strathcona County. February 23, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ex-mayor in heated battle for Evans seat", The Edmonton Journal, 10 April 2012
  7. ^ a b "About Cathy". Cathy Olesen. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ Gerein, Keith (January 31, 2012). "Sherwood Park PC vote as close as it gets". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ Timanson, Sue (January 22, 2012). "Sue Timanson for PC Candidate". Facebook. Retrieved April 23, 2012.