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House District 22 - Waikiki | Ala Moana | Kakaako

Tom Brower (D)*

Age: 49
Job: State representative
Background: Former City Council aide; former Waikiki Neighborhood Board member; Waikiki Residents Association past president

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

My mom worked for Head Start so I understand the value of early childhood education. While I supported the constitutional amendment, I’m uncomfortable with using taxpayer money on private education when public schools are struggling. But if it is the will of the people, then I support their decision.

What is your one big idea?

We cannot afford to provide shelters for all the homeless, many chronic homeless disagree with shelter rules, and anti-loitering laws only work if people have a place to go. Since 2010, I have promoted “safe zones” (campsites), as a short-term, inexpensive, quick solution. Otherwise, people will camp everywhere.