See this photo? That’s my son, in front of my office wall, with the list of bills that I worked on this 2018 legislative session. Unfortunately, most of these important issues such as paid family leave, healthy food access, and Medicaid dental coverage failed to pass. Despite having one-party control, Hawaii’s bill passage rate is very low. Why? Because far too often, our elected officials put politics and corporate interests before people first.
I am running for my family and yours. Because our children deserve to have the best future possible. To graduate from college without worrying about debt, to earn a competitive wage so that they can afford a home, live comfortably, and put money aside for the future. Let’s face it, people are leaving Hawai‘i in search of a more affordable life on the mainland. How many years have gone by and we’re still struggling, we’re still underfunding our schools, we’re building for the rich, and we’re ignoring what everyday people have to say? This is not the future that I want for our children.
As someone running for office for the first time, I represent a new generation that will challenge the status quo. Enough with the same old promises, the same old approach to policy change. If elected, my office will be shared with you, because I want you to be involved in policy decisions and because you matter.