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House District 18 - Hahaione Valley | Aina Haina | Kahala

Mark Jun Hashem (D)*

Age: 46
Job: State representative; small-business owner
Background: ABC School founder, former president; McKinley High School wrestling coach

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

A vast body of research indicates that Early Childhood Education programs significantly benefit children, families and communities. Preference should be given to the public schools for these programs but private preschools will be necessary to handle an eventual statewide program.

What is your one big idea?

I believe Hawaii’s housing crisis will be the biggest challenge facing our local families. As current chair of the Housing Committee, I was successful at passing initiatives that will increase Hawaii’s inventory of affordable housing and affordable rentals.