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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!