On The Campaign Trail

Lawrence running for 12th District seat

Tiare Lawrence is shown pulling nomination papers Tuesday to challenge Kyle Yamashita for the 12th House District seat.

Upcountry resident and community organizer Tiare Lawrence is launching a second bid to unseat fellow Democrat Kyle Yamashita from his 12th House District seat.

She checked out nomination papers Tuesday and filed them the next day. In 2016, Yamashita held on to his seat, taking 2,763 votes, or 50.6 percent, in the Democratic primary to Lawrence’s 2,411 votes, or 44.2 percent.

In an announcement, Lawrence said her top issues include addressing Hawaii’s severe affordable housing shortage, infrastructure upgrades, natural resource protection, a greater county share of transient accommodation taxes, sustainable agriculture, public education investment and kupuna care.

“Hawaii deserves a voice at the state level that will champion the sustainable ideas and innovations that will take Hawaii generally, and Upcountry Maui particularly, to the next level,” she said. “Upcountry Maui is positioned to become the answer to our food security issues, while providing fresher and more nutritious foods that enhance the overall health of our families.”

Born in Kula and raised in Lahaina, Lawrence graduated from Lahainaluna High School in 2000 and attended Kapiolani Community College. She works full time as a community organizer for the Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action.

Lawrence can be reached at 276-7685 or via email at votetiare@gmail.com.

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