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House District 50 - Kailua | Kaneohe

Cynthia Thielen (R)*

Age: 80
Job: State representative
Background: Attorney; Children’s Discovery Center founding member, board chairman; Hono­lulu Zoo Student Show & Tell Program founder

Do you support the constitutional amendment to allow public money to be spent on private preschool? Why?

I voted against the bill which ended junior kindergarten programs in public schools, as I believed those established programs should be expanded to enable all 4-5 year children to have early learning opportunities. I still prefer junior kindergarten programs in public schools over the proposed private preschool idea.

What is your one big idea?

Wave Energy Converters. With nearly the best wave climate in the world, each island can harness renewable power from the ocean and reduce dependency on costly fossil fuel. Military base in Kaneohe will deploy its first of three WECs this summer, with low cost power flowing into the grid.