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House District 17 - Kalama Valley | Queen's Gate | Hawaii Kai

Gene Ward (R)*

Age: 70
Job: State representative, Peace Corps consultant
Background: Hawaii-Indonesian Chamber of Commerce co-founder; formerly on East-West Center Board of Governors

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

For the first time in Hawaii, children are less educated than their parents. We must curtail this dumbing-down of our keiki by piloting early educational opportunities, especially for kids with multiple disadvantages. Education is the great equalizer in America and all need chance to excel. Let’s try then measure results.

What is your one big idea?

“Solar on Every Roof” is my office’s mantra where we lead the nation and the world in renewable energy through micro-grids and battery storage making Hawaiian Electric Co. our backup provider rather than major provider. Power production must transition the same way we went from computer mainframes to the PC.