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House District 1 - Kukuihaele | Laupahoehoe | North Hilo

Mark M. Nakashima (D)*

Age: 51
Job: State representative
Background: Former Hawaii State Teachers Association UniServ director; former Hawaii Jaycees state president

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

No. The constitutional amendment is only necessary to allow for state evaluation of private school employees and testing of private school children. There are other methods to insure educational quality without these overtly intrusive tactics. Currently, the state already funds children in private preschools without these control tactics.

What is your one big idea?

Hawaii must develop a hydrogen economy that would provide fuel for both transportation and electricity generation. Endless supply of water and the abundance of renewable energy provide the raw materials needed for Hawaii to become energy self-sufficient and money currently exported to buy energy remaining here