I am so proud to officially become your candidate for mayor, for the City and County of Honolulu. I am honored to have the support of my family, friends, local business owners, government workers, community leaders and my campaign team.
I come before you as many things. I am the granddaughter of Filipino immigrants. I am a woman born and raised on O’ahu. I am an elected city councilmember. I am a wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend.
We feel vulnerable right now. Our city faces many challenges.
It has always been my mission as a leader to fight for the vulnerable – the working class – the marginalized.
When I first ran for office, it was because crime had taken over my community so I stepped up to take back the neighborhoods.
Then, I ran for the state house and immediately got to work to support our veterans, our kupuna, our schools and our West O‘ahu residents. It was shortly after 9/11 and we faced a lot of uncertainty.
I wasn’t afraid then, and I am not afraid now.
The truth is, I am the only candidate with the compassion and the experience necessary to lead the City and County through these turbulent times.
I am the only candidate with the courage to make the tough decisions that will balance our city budget and improve city services.
Right now, our families need a mayor they can trust – A mayor who will get right to work.
These are just some of the things I want to achieve as Mayor:
A City of economic prosperity and job growth.
New, sustainable economic model independent from tourism.
City leaders that work with integrity and transparency.
Beautiful and usable parks and beaches.
Clean streets, sidewalks and neighborhoods.
Safer streets we can walk without fear.
Coastlines, habitats and wildlife that can heal.
A City that tackles homelessness with compassion, counseling, recovery and housing.
A City that considers diverse cultures and the Aloha spirit in all decisions.
At the City Council my priority was truly affordable housing for our working families. I led the Council effort to move beyond our economic dependence on tourism to provide long lasting economic stability. I was first in the Council to pass legislation to promote culturally and environmentally responsible tourism.
I see opportunity for change. Our children can build a life here and stay here.
So, I ask you to join me. We can change this together. Please contact us to schedule a talk story today!