Honolulu Star-Bulletin from Honolulu, Hawaii on September 8, 2002 · 129
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legislature vHte house A WAIPAHU-WAIKELE Age: 31 Job: Office Man- f sap. R?p-?y s-, lakumis office ' PastMoiliiliCom- t munity Center, , Children's Program Nathan H. Takeuchi Democrat What qualifies you to be a state representative? Nathan has a combined total of six years working experience getting tough bills passed in the State House. He is actively involved in Waipahu as a senior legislative aide and office manager to Rep. Roy Takumi (WaipahuPearl City). Graduated with an MA in Public Administration. What is the most pressing issue facing your district and what would you do about it? Nathan believes that we cannot grow our economy without protecting our environment Sustained economic development is not possible without clean air, drinkable water, detoxified waste dumps, protected natural areas and streams, with the sensible development and use of our lands, waterways and ocean resources. What is the best way to stimulate the state's economy? Nathan supports developing athletic, cultural and artistic events, and the film industry to generate new revenue, jobs and industry growth, environment or infrastructure. These i events also promote the tourism in- ; dustry ... I 3 EW A BEACH ' Job: Construction im'P- S project manager . , v rase twaoeacn rA borhood Board Jeff Alexander Democrat What qualifies you to be a state representative? I grew up in Ewa Beach, have been active 1 2 years. Currently chairman of Ewa Neighborhood Board. In construction 31 years. I've managed up to $2 million worth of projects at once. I know how to budget and get a job done. I know what the district and state need. What is the most pressing issue facing your district and what wouldyoudoaboutit? Roadsl There are several cane-field roads still left I would turn them into real roads. Widen Geiger Road through Kalaeloa to Campbell Industrial Park. Have the developers, State and City finish their sections of Kapolei Parkway by 2006. Have another road built from Ewa to Far-rington Highway. What is the best way to stimulate the state's economy? Offshore gambling and a lottery. In two years it would bring our economy up, then investors would return, some to purchase old high rises in town and build modern buildings. The cost of each would be 1 00 million and up. Tourists would return, which would help small business. r WAIPAHU-WAIKELE ! Age: 61 Job: Owner, : daycare facilities Past State "Volunteer of the Year"; Waipahu Neighbor- hnnH RrtarH Annette Yamaguchi Democrat What qualifies you to be a state representative? As a 40-year resident of Waipahu, I believe I truly know the issues and sentiment of our community. I have made it a priority to be involved in numerous community activities which support the betterment of our community. This includes services which directly benefit our youth, educational needs, crime ... What is the most pressing issue facing your district and what would you do about it? The most pressing issue in Waipahu is the lack of economic diversity in Waipahu. The closing of the sugar mill and businesses dependent upon the sugar mill workers hurt our community. We need to attract businesses into Waipahu which can motivate our economy, such as training facilities, manufacturing . What Is the best way to stimulate the state's economy? We need again to diversify and use creative thinking. Think out of the box on how we can attract businesses here which can take advan- tage of our time zone and climate. businesses that can take advantage of time zones between the U.S. mainland and Asia.,. EWA BEACH Age: 32 Job: Emergency services manager Past Former member, Ewa Neighborhood Board Ray Galas Democrat What qualifies you to be a state representative? Ewa Beach residents deserve a rannacantathP raispd in thft commu nity, with family involved in Ewa Beach, a Campbell Alumni, who earned a bachelor's degree and served our nation supporting U.S. peacekeeping missions with the military & Red Cross. Together, we'll work to build upon the balanced growth legacy of Rep. Paul T. Os-niro. What is the most pressing issue facing your district and what would you do about it? Ewa Beach residents want a representative who will manage and lead our infrastructure growth challenges to our transportation and education systems. As Ewa Beach's representative, I'll ask the tough questions and work with our city, state, federal and business partners to best plan, fund, build and maintain our growing community. ... What is the best way to stimulate the state's economy? Ewa Beach families know that when our roads, schools, public hoario and narkwavs are well built and maintained, that our community is healthy, safe and prosperous. ! AIPAHU-EWA Age: 49 Job: ImDOrter of K annarfifrfnnH " 1 Kmc." officer; active with the Filipino " community V I Rida T.R. Cabaniua Democrat What qualifies you to be a state representative? My desire to serve, my ability to make a difference, my God-given personal qualities such as honesty, innovation, and diligence, my education, the various jobs I have done and all the people that have touched my life have prepared for the job I am seeking for. What is the most pressing issue facing your district and what would you do about it? Traffic is the most uncomfortable issue in my district. There has been irresponsible development in Ewa Beach. Homes were built without adequate infrastructure and even with this existing problem; new homes are being built everyday. Homebuyers are not being adequately informed about these problems such as traffic and overcrowding of schools. ... What is the best way to stimulate the state's economy? Business diversification. We should invite more tourist-related business in Hawaii. For example, a business surgical center for elective surgeries primarily for plastic surgery. People from out of state or from other countries come here for their plastic surgeries then go home when they are welL... EW A BEACH Age: 65 Job: Unity House Inc. Past Past president, Hotel Workers Union Local 5 Romeo M. Minoo Democrat What qualifies you to be a state representative? My educational background. Was president of Hotel Union Local 5. What is the most pressing issue facing your district and what would you do about it? I will not promise anything. Let my performance speak tor itself if I should get elected. What is the best way to stimulate the state's economy? Tax credit should be extended. j WAI PAH U-EWA rT75V1 A9 39 V f J Job: Physician 1 Past Vice presh I m v aent ot medical staff, St. Francis , Medical Center-JJ West Alfonso Jimenez What qualifies you to be a state representative? My private family practice clinic has served the community for years, therefore, I have an intimate understanding of local issues. I've been involved in health care politics by serving as vice president of the medical staff at St. Francis-West and knew that more could be accomplished through local government What is the most pressing issue facing your district and what would you do about it? Expanding Fort Weaver Road must be the number one priority for this district Another legislative session should not end without reach-ina a resolution to make the i expansion a reality. The expansion must happen, and, must be done in a way that doesn't make residents prisoners of construction work. What is the best way to stimulate the state's economy? The state should become an example of responsible budgeting and spending. Our people need to see opportunity instead of burdens imposed by oppressive taxes, regulation and waste. We also need to unleash the power of our small business people as well. This will lead to economic diversification. BEACH Age: 48 Job: Independant campaign spending consultant Past Ewa Neighborhood Board What qualifies you to be a state representative? Having lived in Ewa Beach for over 24 years, I know our district's concerns of congested traffic, hot schools, property crimes and drug dealing. I've served on many community boards and organizations to start to solve these problems and need to continue working on them from the state House. What is the most pressing issue facing your district and what would you do about it? Traffic. Developers and government must be held responsible for finishing their portions of Kapolei Parkway and the northsouth road. The state should immediately add one lane leaving Ewa Beach using the existing shoulder lane, create a contra flow lane by coning and building a third lane in both directions. What is the best way to stimulate the state's economy? The' Leeward Coast needs jobs. Kalaeloa (former Barbers Point NAS) should be developed to provide maintenance for large aircraft, perhaps a hub for UPS or FEDEX and provide tax incentives for light industry to serve these uses. These uses would provide well paid jobs for an economically depressed area. Republican 3 EWA Pam Lee Smith Republican 5J WAIPAHU-EWA Age: 21 Job: Martial arts instructor Past State legislative aide; Alliance for Traditional . i Marriage Tulsi Gabbard Tamayo Democrat What qualifies you to be a state representative? Working with my father, Mike Gabbard, and others to pass a constitutional amendment to protect traditional marriage, I learned that real leaders are willing to make personal sacrifices for the common good. I will bring that attitude of public service to the Legislature. What is the most pressing issue facing your district and what would you do about it? Traffic problems and education. We need to fast-track improvements to our infrastructure to reduce traffic congestion. As to education, kids have a hard time seeing how what they're learning in school applies to their life. We need to show them how "education" will get them where they want to go. What is the best way to stimulate the state's economy? Reduce the red tape and bureaucracy of state government so small business and entrepreneurs can flourish. This will stimulate diversification in our economy. We also need to reduce the cost of government by being more efficient and streamlining everything government does. KALAELOA-NANAKULI Age: 36 Job: Hotel administrative assistant Past U.S. Naval Reserve; Wa-ianae Neighbor- i i nooaooara Karen L Awana What qualifies you to be a state representative? As a member of the Waianae Neighborhood Board, I have been given the opportunity to understand our government. I also chair the Health Human Services and Public Safety Committee. These experiences have evoked within me ... that a positive change is overdue. I am seeking political office so I may better serve my community ... What is the most pressing issue facing your district and what would you do about it? Education. Students are being allowed to attend high school with a fourth-grade reading level. This is not acceptable. AIT high school graduates should leave their respective schools with (at least) 1 2th-grade skills. Vocational education programs should be expanded at the high school level. Local school boards should be established - What is the best way to stimulate the state's economy? Diversification in such areas as agriculture, health research, and high technology would be the best way to stimulate our economy. However, we would continue to support present industries so they would be able to improve in their areas of expertise. Li STAR-FJULLtTINPkilAM ELECTION HEViliwYsfePt 8?Z002 IfK&t 23 WAIPAHU-EWA Age: 58 m Job: Not given f -m, s. S rase waras: "riOO National Defense - ; oervice iweoai; Vietnam (Jam-paign Medal mm. warn Gerald Vioal Democrat What qualifies you to be a state representative? My record and experience serving in the United States Marine Corps for our "FREEDOM," and at home and in our community as an Hawaii Air National Guardsman. Most importantly your "VOTE" so on Sept. 21, 2002, please vote for Gerald Vidal. What is the most pressing issue facing your district and what would you do about it? Cars speeding, theft and property damage are almost happening daily. I would recommend more police persons to our area. To fix our major traffic by only exiting right and underpass or overpass left. What Is the best way to stimulate the state's economy? Now is the time to use our sun resource by giving 100 percent tax credit for solar heaters and power. State and county supported and as- sisted agribusiness. Support production companies and syndication of published materials such as books, movies, etc. KALAELOA-NANAKULI ! r7Tb. J Aae: 52 h ' " "H l3.. c... representative Past Grants administrator, Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii Michael Puamamo Kahikjna Democrat What qualifies you to be a state representative? What is the most pressing issue facing your district and what would you do about it? No response What is the best way to stimulate the state's economy? No response

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