Job: State representative; attorney
Background: Moanalua Lions Club director; House Food Bank Drive (2012) co-chairwoman
Do you support the constitutional amendment to allow public money to be spent on private preschool? Why?
I voted in favor of the amendment to allow voters to decide whether the state should use public money to help working families access early childhood education. Hawaii is one of the few states that does not offer this assistance. Every child in Hawaii deserves the best chance to succeed.
What is your one big idea?
We need to help Hawaii’s working families by easing their tax burden. This past session I introduced a bill to raise the standard deduction amount, which would lower income taxes for working-class families. Although we are seeing signs of recovery, many families are still struggling to make ends meet.