Crystal Oliver
Crystal Oliver Speaking on Stage with husband Kevin Oliver

I was born in Leavenworth, WA, attended Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, WA and hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Whitworth University.  I have over 13 years’ experience in corporate management and 5 years’ experience as a small business owner and small scale cannabis farmer.   I live with my husband, 12 year old son, and 3 year old daughter in Deer Park, WA.

After the passage of Initiative 502 my husband and I made the decision to pursue the American dream of small business ownership and be among the first in the United States to legally cultivate cannabis on our farm.  

Making our small business dreams a reality required me to extensively engage in the rule-making and legislative process.  I also served on  several regulatory work groups including:

  • The State Building Code Council Technical Advisory Group
  • The Spokane County Voluntary Stewardship Program Workgroup
  • The Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board Cannabis Advisory Committee
  • Spokane Clean Air Agency's Advisory Council 

I’ve spent the last 5 years navigating the regulatory landscape and engaging my fellow farmers in direct advocacy for fair, community-led policy development that intentionally makes space for small businesses in rural Washington.

I am most proud of the work I did in Spokane County that allowed more than 140 small businesses and farms to open which currently employ over 1,000 part time and full time employees generating millions in gross revenue.  

I’m running for State Representative because I believe we need change in our representation in Olympia.  We need representation that has our best interest at heart and is not heavily influenced by large corporations.  

Some of the policy issues that are especially important to me are:

  • Finding solutions to make healthcare affordable and accessible.  
  • Addressing excessive regulations that impact small business owners and farms. 
  • Increasing government accessibility & transparency.
  • Protecting our natural resources.

I have a reputation as a leader and organizer and have experience effectively  bridging the gap between policy makers and farmers. 

I was raised to work hard and always look for ways to help others.  I’ve spent enough time driving back and forth between Spokane and Olympia to understand that I would be most effective as a representative striving for change from the inside. 

About Crystal Oliver

Crystal Oliver
Crystal & Kevin Oliver
  • Community Organizer
  • Small Business Owner
  • Mother
  • Farmer