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HONOLULU COUNCILMEMBER, DIST 9

Duties: The County Council is the legislative branch of the County. Council is responsible for passing the laws that govern the city and county, as enacted by ordinance and written in the Charter of the City and Council of Honolulu.Areas Represented:Waikele, Village Park, Royal Kunia, Mililani Town, West Loch, Iroquois Point, and portions of Ewa Villages and Ewa Beach How Elected: The County Council consists of nine members elected from geographical districts. Members are elected on a non-partisan basis. A Councilmember must be a qualified resident and registered voter of the district from which the person is to be elected.Term: Four years, limited to a maximum of two consecutive full terms.Base Salary: Councilmember - $68,904; Chairperson - $76,968

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    Will ESPERO
    (NS)

  • Augusto E. (AugieT) TULBA
    (NS)

Biographical Information

Please provide a brief Candidate Statement describing your qualifications and why you are running for this office.

What are your top two goals and how will you achieve them if elected?

What do you think about the state of women in Hawaii's elected and appointed public offices? What have you done to support women in government? What will you do?

How would you address concerns about a lack of transparency at all levels of government?

Do you support automatically registering people to vote when they apply for a driver’s license or state identification card, provided they can voluntarily opt out of registering. (Senate Bill 2005 passed the senate and is currently in the Hawaii House Judiciary.)

What, if any, actions would you work towards in your first 100 days to address the threats facing Hawaii due to climate change?

Do you believe the response to the COVID-19 crisis could have been improved, and if so, how?

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I served in the Hawaii Legislature for 19 years and worked at the Neighborhood Commission at City Hall for 8 years under Mayor Frank Fasi where I was in charge of Oahu's Neighborhood Board system. In the Legislature, I had 99 of my bills passed and helped secure over $1 billion for West Oahu. I also held the positions of Senate Vice-president and Senate Majority Floor Leader. I believe I have the experience, knowledge, and know-how to effectively serve at City Hall. Public service is in my heart and soul, and I am committed to improving the lives of Oahu's working men and women, our elderly and retirees, and our youth. In these difficult times, Oahu needs strong proven leadership. #voteespero2020 : LEADERSHIP.. EXPERIENCE.. RESULTS
One goal is to end homelessness. We can do this by expanding the housing first program, allowing limited temporary safe zones in our parks, funding mental health treatments, funding drug treatment programs, building dormitory style housing for adults, creating tiny homes communities, promoting the City's ohana housing initiative, giving incentives to landlords who rent homes or rooms below market, and building high density housing near the rail transit stations.

Another goal is to complete the rail line to Ala Moana shopping center. I am not happy with the cost overruns and over-budget rail system. We must closely monitor and scrutinize all costs and expenses. I do not want to use real property taxes to fund the rail.
We need more women involved in government and politics. I have hired women to work in my legislative office, selected women as interns, and have encouraged and supported women running for elected office.
I support transparency and openness in government. I will support policies that demand openness and transparency. Televised meetings and hearings is one way to keep residents informed and involved.
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I will meet with the City's Office of Climate Change, Resiliency, and Sustainability to discuss its plan and review it's proposals for the City and County of Honolulu. I will work closely with the staff to adopt policies that will make an impact. I will also reach out to the University of Hawaii to get its input and thoughts.
The federal response from the White House has been horrendous. Unfortunately, we have lacked leadership from the president on this matter. Case in point is the lack of interest by some to wear a mask and reopening our economy too early. With covid-19 now surging on the mainland, I am concerned for Hawaii as we look at allowing tourists to visit on August 1 if they have a negative result from testing. If cases continue to surge or rise, we may have to reconsider the August 1 reopening of our economy. I do support the slow and cautious approach to opening our economy to local residents.
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