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Issue Position: Fair and Responsive Government: Money in Politics, Responsiveness, & Clean Elections

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I envision a state government that is transparent, responsible, and responsive: a government that innovatively and proactively develops solutions to community priorities in the most efficient way possible. That's the kind of leadership you deserve.

Unfortunately, money in politics and special interests often cloud that vision. The United States Supreme Court has recently solidified the problem that candidates with the most money win elections, not the candidates with the best ideas. This money usually comes in bunches from large corporations and special interests. Once the candidate is election, the candidate is faced with conflicts in choosing between what the community wants and what the corporation wants. This must change if we want to keep the interests of the people first.

I support a comprehensive public funding option for Hawaii elections, similar to the proven-successful Arizona model, to give voters an option to elect candidates who are absolutely free from outside influence. I further vow to protect Hawaii law that prevents "pay-to-play" preference in government contracts given to companies that contribute to certain campaigns.

Last but not least, I want to give you a more responsive government where your concerns will form my priorities! I embrace technology improvements and streamlining initiatives that will grant the public better and more efficient government access; take this website for example--hit the contact link and let me know your state or community concern! Personally, I will always keep my door, ears, and mind open to all of my constituents throughout the years of public service that I have ahead of me.

Mahalo for your contribution and vote of confidence!

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