Job: State representative
Background: Former teacher/office manager, Hawaii Montessori School at Kona; committee clerk/legislative researcher
Do you support the constitutional amendment to allow public money to be spent on private preschool? Why?
I believe public money is best spent on public schools, and have supported expanding early ed in our public system. At the same time, funds to fill vacancies in existing schools can help right now. The Legislature voted to put this issue on the ballot, so the voters can decide.
What is your one big idea?
One of my top priorities is our new college campus in Kona. Building this new campus and supporting its growth is key to the future success of our community. Education is one of the best investments we can make in the future, and we must improve it at all levels.