Name: Ben Olson
What’s your job?
“Lobbyist in St. Paul. I work on issues in health care, agriculture, and economic development. I spend lots of time with elected officials, so I know how to kiss ass.”
Other than your job, what are your claims to fame?
“I’m addicted to serving on boards. I’m also a hit at political fundraisers, campaign events, and anywhere with free food and wine.”
What’s your relationship status?
“In a relationship.”
Where are you most likely to be seen?
“Jetset, Spoonriver, State Capitol, Lake of the Isles, First Ave, Liquor Lyle’s, DFL political events, any coffee shop, outdoor music events.”
Where are you most likely not to be seen?
“I avoid church and the suburbs.”
With what person or people are you most likely to be seen?
“My college buddy and philolzophy blogger Sarah Heuer, advertising prodigy Nick Berglund, or on my own attempting to work the room.”
Where were you born?
What neighborhood do you live in now?
“Lowry Hill, in a brownstone with character but no amenities.”
What’s your ride?
“2000 Audi A6, Red Schwinn Varsity with squeaky brakes, a longboard, or taxi.”
What’s the best way for someone to start a conversation with you?
“No need—I will initiate a conversation whether you like it or not and force you to tell me about your political beliefs and sex life.”
Photo courtesy Ben Olson