2018 Primary Election Candidates

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State House

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Current occupation:

Urban and Environmental Planner -- Private Sector



Previous job history:

Program Manager, Transportation Improvement -- Oʻahu Metropolitan Planning Organization
Environmental Health Specialist IV -- Department of Health
Park Ranger -- National Park Service
Committee Clerk -- Hawaiʻi House of Representatives

Previous elected office, if any:

Vice Chairman, Oʻahu County Democrats

What qualifies you to represent the people of Hawaii?

As a Mānoa resident, I have been exceptionally involved in the Mānoa community--Neighborhood Board, the Blue Zones Project, Community Emergency Response Team, and many more. I work in the private sector as an urban planner, and previously worked with a portfolio of $3.6 billion in transportation projects that received federal money. I am qualified as the only science and environmental professional in this race, having done biological surveying for organizations like the National Park Service. We need science-based policies to get out out of the mess that politicians have made, and draft a substantive, actionable plan for improving our state.

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

1) Cost of living a) housing costs, including taxes and maintenance b) food, c) healthcare, and d) energy
2) Threats to a well-planned and safe community, including property crime, homelessness and Monster Houses
3) Infrastructure, from our roads and buses to natural disaster mitigation

If elected, what will be your highest legislative priority?

My highest priority will be better, more efficient government with technology and science.

We currently have tens of millions dollars parked in projects that will never be built. For instance, replacing the Makaha timber bridges has been funded for 30 years with no results. That $1.2 million in programmed funds could be putting our people back to work in decent-paying jobs that improve our commute to work and school. Or, give unused money back to the people as tax stimulus!

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

Firstly, I support a Hawaii version of California's Proposition 13, so that you can keep more money in your checking account. The greedy foreign investors can pay their fair share of the taxes when they move in and redevelop our residential communities.

Secondly, Rep. Isaac Choy is leaving some big shoes to fill, having helped many of our people. I believe that he is endorsing me knowing that I share his commitment to the success of the Neighborhood Security Watch, and other outstanding organizations like Mālama Manoa and Be Ready Mānoa. Furthermore, I will work closely with our Mayor and City Council on community issues like the maintenance of our Manoa Valley District Park, and our City streets.

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

I am the independent-minded candidate for my district. That the special interests felt the need to move somebody into the district to run against me tells you all that you need to know.

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