Mary Wagner files nomination papers for 8th House seat in state Legislature

On the Campaign Trail

Mary Wagner

Wailuku resident Mary Wagner, an information-technology manager for Maui County, has filed nomination papers to become an official candidate for the Central Maui 8th District state House seat.

“My campaign is based on my desire to help my longtime friends and neighbors throughout District 8 raise their standard of living through higher wages, more affordable housing and a cleaner environment,” said Wagner, who filed Friday at the Office of the County Clerk. “I am inspired to follow in the footsteps of Hawaii leaders who have come before me, such as Patsy Mink, and help make Maui a more livable place for all.”

Wagner, a two-decade Wailuku resident and former Mainland police officer, is a negotiator for the Hawaii Government Employees Association. She has been a Democratic Party activist, volunteering on campaigns for former President Barack Obama and Sen. Mazie Hirono. Her campaign manager is Jody Yoshida and campaign treasurer is Stan Franco.

She has pledged not to take any campaign contributions from the fossil-fuel industry. She said she will participate in the Campaign Spending Commission’s partial public-funding program.

She has never run for public office.

“The time has come for me to step up,” Wagner said. “It’s inspirational to see so many others coming forward to run for the first time this year. I am running to win and make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Wagner serves as treasurer of the Kehalani Community Association board of directors. Previously, she was the Maui representative on the HGEA board. Now, she’s HGEA’s state president for bargaining Unit 13, which includes scientific and professional members.

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