With deep appreciation for the commitment required to serve, I have decided to run for the State Senate seat that Senator Chun Oakland will vacate. If given the opportunity, I will continue to further Senator Chun Oakland’s advocacy on behalf of Hawaii’s families: keiki to kupuna, by ensuring our social safety nets are securely in place, and by leading collaborative efforts to solve our State’s most pressing issues.

This particular legislative session has inspired me to seek re-election as a policymaker. We need leaders to move Hawaii beyond the current political establishment that places corporate profits before the health of people and our environment. For example, the Legislature just passed a law allowing a publicly-traded corporation exclusive control over stream water that once flowed to local family farms.

Our legislature also refused to place limits on restricted-use pesticides that chemical companies are spraying near our public elementary schools and into our fragile ecosystem

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