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Aloha and Welcome!

I am excited to announce my candidacy for the First Congressional District seat being vacated by U.S. Representative Hanabusa. I have devoted 35 years to public service at the city and state levels where I have fought for government efficiency, transparency, and accountability. I have always and will continue to fight for middle and working class families because growing up in Kalihi, both my parents had to work hard to make ends meet, to pay the rent, and put food on the table. They both worried about health care for their children and caring for their aging parents. Hawai‘i is a special place where ohana is important, and we learned at an early age, the true meaning of sacrifice and helping one another.  We also learned to be frugal and to manage our spending.   

Today's challenges are even more difficult, and amplifying the voice of our community is what drives me. I am ready to take on these challenges in our nation's capitol to protect our state and our values.

This campaign is about putting people -- our kupuna, our keiki, and working families first. I will stand up to the entrenched powerful interests in Washington and always protect Hawai‘i's interest, our environment, and defend our island values. I will fight to secure more federal dollars for our public schools, our educators, affordable housing, protect and expand social security and Medicare, preserve the safety nets for the elderly and disadvantaged, and help small businesses that fuel our economy.

I'm a local girl, born and raised in Kalihi, and a product of our public school system. I care deeply about my island home and no one will work harder for you! 






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