I am being portrayed by my opponent as having no idea how the legislative process works. While my opponent's first experience in government started in 2010, I have dedicated more than six years of experience, a bachelor's of political science, a master's of public administration and the decades ahead of me to public service.
The honest truth is that none of the laws that my opponent introduced for South Maui have passed. Lawmakers sign on to hundreds of bills, but co-signing another lawmaker's bill does not make it your own and it does not help South Maui. It's the bills that you personally introduce, including capital improvement funding requests like Kihei high school, which matter.
My opponent, myself and all legislators recognize this part of the process. It is misleading for my opponent to tout nine co-sponsored bills, introduced by Democrats, as his own.
In his July 2012 newsletter, my opponent admitted to being unsuccessful at securing funding for Kihei high school. Now that campaign season is around, that single newsletter has been removed from all three of his websites.
My fresh vision for Maui's future is about honesty, straightforwardness and effectiveness. It's about rejecting the special interests of lobbyists and big-money organizations and truly representing the people. It is not about political parties. It's about working together with the rest of the Maui delegation, regardless of affiliation, to finally get the job done.