2018 Primary Election Candidates

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Name on ballot:

AILA, William J., Jr.

Running for:

OHA trustee

District (if applicable):

At Large

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Current occupation:

Deputy Director, Department of Hawaiian Homelands



Previous job history:

Chairman Board of Land and Natural Resources, Chairman Department of Land and Natural Resources. Harbor Master, Waianae Boat Harbor.

Previous elected office, if any:

Waianae Neighborhood Board

What qualifies you to represent the people of Hawaii?

My experience from job history listed above, my experience with DHHL, my experience with being a Cultural Practioner, and my ability to bring people together. In addition, objectivity and integrity.

What are the top three challenges facing the voters you seek to represent?

Lack of trust, civility, accountability.

If elected, what will be your highest legislative priority?

Within the Board of Trustees, restore civility. As an OHA Trustee, advocate for a fair share of the ceeded lands revenue.

If elected, what can you do to improve the lives of your constituents?

Once OHA receives its fair share of the ceeded lands revenue, OHA can increase services to Beneficiaries, thus fulfilling its fiduciary duty for the betterment of native hawaiians.

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Yes, that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs impacts everyone in the State of Hawaii and a properly functioning Board is good for Hawaiians and every one in Hawaii.

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