|District 1||Mark Nakashima (D) *||Incumbent||D|
|District 1||Koohan Paik-Mander||D||N||1||The last constitutional convention took place in 1978. It was not perfect, but from an environmental perspective, it did implement fundamentally important legislation — Article XI, or, the “Public Trust Doctrine.” The Public Trust Doctrine concerns the conservation, control and development of Hawaii’s resources. It mandates that “For the benefit of present and future generations, the State and its political subdivisions shall conserve and protect Hawaii’s natural beauty and all natural resources, including land, water, air, minerals and energy sources, and shall promote the development and utilization of these resources in a manner consistent with their conservation and in furtherance of the self-sufficiency of the State.”|
In the current climate of ever-accelerating development and population in Hawaii, as well as unprecedented collapses of natural planetary systems (such as species extinction and extreme weather events), we must diligently safeguard what legislative protection we currently have concerning the environment. The Public Trust Doctrine currently carries great weight in the judiciary; if we were to lose it in the course of holding a state constitutional convention, it would hail a profound tragedy for protection of Hawaii’s precious natural resources. For this reason, I am disinclined to support a constitutional convention this year.
|District 2||Terri Napeahi||D||N||1||I am not in support of the con con, everything should remain. Governmental departments can adjust and change their own policies to their needs, but not change the constitution. The state of Hawaii constitutional convention and its creation in 1978 have provided so many benefits for Hawaii’s people, some of which would be detrimental to amend or eliminate. Many of its laws were in place for the protection of Hawaii resources and its people.|
|District 2||Chris Todd||Incumbent||D||N||1||I oppose holding a state constitutional convention because the risks outweigh potential rewards. We currently have very strong labor and environmental protections in our state, and a con con puts that at risk. I believe we are better off crafting law with a scalpel and do not currently need a sledgehammer.|
|District 2||Brian Feste||R|
|District 2||Jocelyn Manipol-Larson||R|
|District 3||Richard Onishi||Incumbent||D|
|District 3||Raina Whiting||D||Y||5||Yes. A state constitutional convention is an essential process that allows for the updating and changing of our state’s constitution. It is not my desire or role to ever come between the will of the people and the essential rights of our communities to actively participate and change systems that are no longer working for them or need to be changed to better serve the people of Hawaii.|
|District 3||Frederick Fogel||L||Y||5||Support — what are politicians worried about? Term limits? Hawaiian sovereignty? County autonomy?|
|District 4||Joy San Buenaventura||Incumbent||D|
|District 5||Richard Creagan||Incumbent||D|
|District 5||Jeanne Kapela||D||N||1||I’m glad that voters will have an opportunity to vote, this year, on whether or not to hold a constitutional convention. I personally oppose holding a constitutional convention at this time, however, and would prefer to see constitutional amendments proposed and discussed during legislative session.
As a young Native Hawaiian woman who comes from a working class family, I am concerned that corporate interests would use a constitutional convention to jeopardize collective bargaining protections that safeguard economically disadvantaged employees, lay the groundwork for school voucher programs that could defund our public education system, and eviscerate Hawaiian rights that promote the well-being of our native community.
|District 5||Gene Leslie||D|
|District 6||Nicole Lowen||Incumbent||D|
|District 7||Cindy Evans||Incumbent||D||Y||4||Yes I support, but can we assure the public we can address the concerns of the minority in a fair and balanced way? Remember your question No. 3 above.|
|District 7||David Tarnas||D||P||3||I would advocate for a constitutional convention to reorganize the statewide school district into school districts in each county with elected school boards in each county school district. The constitutional convention would also be the appropriate forum to reorganize what is the responsibility of the state government and the county government in order to give counties more “home rule” responsibilities. This reorganization of responsibilities would also require a restructuring of our tax code to make sure these newly organized government responsibilities are properly funded.|
|District 7||Thomas Belekanich||R|
|District 8||Troy Hashimoto||Incumbent||D||N||1||At this time, I do not support a constitutional convention. My general belief has always been that the most effective change comes through small reforms, which slowly add up over time. The constitutional convention has been viewed as a way to create wholesale change, however, I believe a better way to deal with our issues is through incremental, deliberative changes.|
|District 8||Justin Hughey||D||N||1||While I am in favor of the people ultimately deciding this question, I will always be against a con con. I would not want to see our constitution perverted by special interest money from lobbyists, who could undermine collective bargaining rights, which would hurt our working families. They could also fight to allow school vouchers, which would strip away much-needed funding for our keiki in a state that already spends less on education than any other state in the country.|
I believe changing the constitution through a legislative bill is the best way to make changes to our state’s founding document. The Legislature can bring up specific issues, debate them, hold hearings, and, if a proposed amendment has enough support, pass a measure placing the question before voters, just like we are doing now with the constitutional amendment to raise property taxes on investment properties in order to adequately fund our public schools.
|District 8||Dain Kane||D|
|District 8||Mary Wagner||D||N||1||I oppose holding a constitutional convention. Hawaii has one of the most progressive state constitutions. Well-financed special interests could have the ability to take over a convention and reverse progress made over the years in civil rights, environmental protection and labor rights.|
|District 9||Kelson Batagnan||D|
|District 9||Justin Woodson||Incumbent||D|
|District 9||Andrew Kayes||N||Y||5||Yes. Anything that helps limit the power of big government and return it to the people I would support. To me the constitutional convention would do that.|
|District 10||Angus McKelvey||Incumbent||D|
|District 10||Chayne Marten||R||Y||4||I support a constitutional convention because it is what the people want.|
|District 10||Jennifer Mather||G||Y||5||It’s been 40 years since we have had a constitutional convention. Within 40 years much has changed in our state. Much like direct citizen initiatives create a pathway for community involvement, a constitutional convention allows immediate direction about how we are governed without having to muddle through the normal legislative process.|
|District 11||Don Couch||D|
|District 11||Lee Myrick||D||Y||4||I support a state constitutional convention to bring more awareness to the community.|
|District 11||Tina Wildberger||D||Y||5||I support holding the constitutional convention. The people’s involvement in government should be encouraged. The con con is a unique opportunity and massive participation by all can prevent special and corporate interests from too much influence.|
|District 11||Daniel Kanahele||N|
|District 12||Tiare Lawrence||D||N||1||Right now, no. I would support it if I knew there were safeguards against corporate interest flooding the process with money and candidates to roll back portions of one of the most progressive legal documents in America.|
|District 12||Kyle Yamashita||Incumbent||D|
|District 13||Lynn DeCoite||Incumbent||D||P||3||I support what the people want. I think it should be a ballot initiative.|
|District 13||John-Bull English||D|
|District 13||Nick Nikhilananda||G||Y||4||There has not been a constitutional convention in Hawaii since 1978. There is even talk throughout the United States about possibly holding an Article V convention. If we hold a convention, there needs to be an enormous check on what changes do occur. The last convention incorporated some significant environmental, cultural and indigenous legislation and requirements. These need to be strengthened, not diminished. However, large landowners, huge special and corporate interests, development and mainland entities are fully aware of what they could do to negatively impact our mostly progressive document and see this as an opportunity to drastically curtail, not strengthen, our constitution.|
Nevertheless, there are too many areas which the Legislature seems ill-prepared to deal with. The power and influence of money and lobbyists on our body politic; the lack of citizens’ initiatives, the state controlled educational system, the structure of our political subdivisions, land use, zoning, home rule, our method of holding and funding our elections and the centralization of the state are just a few examples. Thus I currently tend to support holding a constitutional convention, knowing full well the devastation which could occur; hoping to be actively involved to insure a positive outcome is the result.
|District 14||Nadine Nakamura||Incumbent||D|
|District 15||Elaine Daligdig||D|
|District 15||James Tokioka||Incumbent||D|
|District 16||Stephanie Iona||D|
|District 16||Dee Morikawa||Incumbent||D|
|District 17||Gene Ward||Incumbent||R||Y||5||I strongly support holding a constitutional convention. Without the right to initiative, referendum, and recall, a constitutional convention is the only option the people of Hawaii have to effectuate change in their government other than at the ballot box. The powers that be, however, fear a ConCon would possibly disenfranchise some of the vested powers that are now legislatively or constitutionally guaranteed and would upset the “balance of power” that is enjoyed by various agencies or voting blocs.
Though recent polls say that about 52 percent of people surveyed agree that a constitutional convention should be held whether Democrat or Republican responding, it will still be a steep climb to passage on Nov because blank votes still count as “no” votes. Making a blank ballot count as a “no” vote is largely the reason there has been no ConCon since 1978, but we shall see what happens this year.
Such issues as initiative, sunshine laws, freedom of information, and term limits for legislators could be discussed at the next constitutional convention.
|District 17||Alan Yim||L|
|District 18||Mark Hashem||Incumbent||D|
|District 18||Ronette Souza||R|
|District 19||Bert Kobayashi||Incumbent||D|
|District 20||Calvin Say||Incumbent||D||Y||5||I support. The community, state, nation and world have evolved during the past 40 years to a new era of technology. For example, artificial intelligence, driverless cars, smart phones with more apps and cyber security.|
|District 20||Julia Allen||R||Yes! I support holding a state constitutional convention. It can bring out new ideas and new leadership. A review of our constitution is long overdue.|
|District 20||Brendan Hand||R|
|District 21||Scott Nishimoto||Incumbent||D|
|District 22||Tom Brower||Incumbent||D||P||3||This November, voters will have a chance to decide on holding a con con to explore changes to our constitution, with specific proposals coming before them the following election.
I have supported the con con though I have reservations: Supporters say it will get money out of politics and create laws people want, which can improve democracy and government.
Even if we can educate everyone on what they would be voting on, get past the vague/legalese wording, and prevent special interests from “hijacking” the agenda, there will be unintended consequences, some of which will take time to be realized. People may not understand the implications of actions or changes—like how creating new offices will grow the size and cost of government.
Lastly, it could cost $7.6 million, which is based on the costs of the 1978 convention but adjusted for inflation.
Can this be achieved another way? We can put more questions on the ballot. I have consistently introduced legislation for my constituents, though most are not successful. (This too is a consequence of living in a democracy. Too many cooks in the kitchen.)
|District 22||Kathryn Henski||R|
|District 23||Dylan Armstrong||D||N||5||My focus is on special interest dominance which will affect us either way. Specifically, back in the 1970s, the Equal Rights Amendment was defeated at the U.S. Constitutional Convention by busloads of opponents — Hawaii did not have a truly representative delegation. If we have a state constitutional convention now, the grassroots will have to massively coordinate and organize to prevent major loses to special interests — think the Koch brothers and A.L.E.C.|
|District 23||Elton Fukumoto||D|
|District 23||Andrew Garrett||D||P||3||I’m still uncertain at this point, as it’s unclear how much holding such a con-con would cost the taxpayers. I understand the appeal in bypassing the legislative process since many feel that legislators have a conflict of interest in pursuing things like publicly financed elections or term limits, but I would like more information on how the con con would function.
Would current legislators be barred from serving as delegates in such a setting? How do we ensure that special interests won’t influence the process and put up delegates to serve their narrow agenda? There are a multitude of other questions that remain unanswered.
|District 23||Dale Kobayashi||D||Y||4||I support a con con. However, similar caveats exist as with citizens initiatives. Corporate and other special interests will insert themselves into the process to drive agendas which could potentially have the effect of rolling back hard-fought gains, particularly in the area of labor laws. Pluses and minuses here but we should definitely be having this discussion.|
|District 23||Benton Rodden||D||Y||4||I think a constitutional convention has the potential to revive our democracy and set us on a new trajectory if it’s done right. I am a researcher in the area of governance design, and many of my colleagues have consulted those who were engaged in writing their governing documents. If we want to do it well and we want it to truly be democratic, then there is a great deal of organizing and education that is needed. I am willing to sponsor legislation to send field organizers and educators out to work with our communities to prepare for this.
We should approach something of this magnitude with care and thoughtfulness. While I understand and share the frustration with the status quo, a constitutional convention is not something that we should jump into out of reactionary angst – that’s what primaries are for. At this point, I do not believe that we are adequately prepared for a constitutional convention.
|District 24||Della Au Belatti||Incumbent||D|
|District 25||Sylvia Luke||Incumbent||D|
|District 26||Scott Saiki||Incumbent||D|
|District 27||Takashi Ohno||Incumbent||D|
|District 27||Mela Lindsey-Kealoha||R|
|District 28||John Mizuno||Incumbent||D|
|District 29||Dan Holt||Incumbent||D|
|District 29||James Logue||D||Y||5||I support a con con because it is the right and the duty of the citizens to revisit their guiding documents and modify them for the changing times and modern needs.|
|District 30||Romy Cachola||Incumbent||D||P||3||Article XVII Sec. 2 provides a constitutional convention. If people decide to amend for better prospects, then I don’t have a problem supporting it.|
|District 30||Ernesto Ganaden||D|
|District 30||Marcelino Velasco||D|
|District 31||Aaron Ling Johanson||Incumbent||D|
|District 32||Linda Ichiyama Chong||Incumbent||D|
|District 33||Tracy Arakaki||D||P||3||I see a lot of value in holding a con con. I definitely support giving the people power, but I have some reservations about the possibility of special interests interpolating issues. We definitely need to continue having this discussion, and also wait to see if voters believe there should be a con con.|
|District 33||Sam Kong||Incumbent||D||Y||5||I have supported holding a state convention for years and have introduced measures urging Congress to call a convention.|
|District 33||David Matsushita||D||Y||5||Yes. We are constantly changing as a state and becoming more innovative. We need to have regular discussions to stay up to date with what our public needs.|
|District 34||Gregg Takayama||Incumbent||D|
|District 35||Roy Takumi||Incumbent||D|
|District 36||Zuri Aki||D||N||1||If I were to be elected, I would support it, if that’s what the people want. I do not think a constitutional convention is presently necessary, as the current constitution’s framework is adequate enough to guide favorable legislation. I believe we can solve our many problems without having to amend the constitution. |
My main concern, as of writing this, is the possibility that current rights and protections, provided by the constitution, could be abrogated. The Constitution of the State of Hawaii has provisions like Article XI Section 1, calling for the preservation and protection of the natural environment for future generations; Article XII Section 7, identifying the preservation and protection of Native Hawaiian traditional and customary practices — Native Hawaiian rights; and so much more.
Our constitution can be updated to take into consideration the impacts of climate change, the housing crisis, and the high cost-burden on residents. This would be advantageous, if written well. Conversely, our present rights and entitlements to a safe clean environment — among other things — could be stripped. The outcome could go either way. So, if a con con happens, I’ll definitely be advocating for better and more innovative provisions.
|District 36||Dean Hazama||D||P||3||I would support letting the voters decide if they want to have one.|
|District 36||Trish La Chica||D||Y||5||Yes, because it encourages healthy debate, provides opportunity for direct civic participation, and recognizes new leaders willing to challenge ‘old boys club’ politics. Of course, this requires us to ensure that there is appropriate public representation and to protect any attempts to weaken what has already been passed in previous con cons.|
|District 36||Marilyn Lee||D||P||3||I am undecided and want to hear all the arguments before I vote. I have read the Civil Beat articles about the Con Con Salon, and I see both pros and cons. I have a concern about the possible loss of hard-fought rights to privacy and the progress that has been made in labor laws in our present constitution. Would opening up of the constitution bring out lots of monied lobbyists and special interest groups? Yet I would very much like to see a constitutional amendment for victim’s rights. The people will have their chance to vote on this and it will be very informative to see the outcome. The debate should be taking place now.|
|District 36||Valerie Okimoto||R||Y||5||Overall, I do support a state constitutional convention. The last constitutional convention was held in 1978, it is long overdue. Holding the state con con would allow Hawaii residents to have a say in their government outside of the normal election. I support the opportunity for the people to have a voice in government.|
|District 37||Ryan Yamane||Incumbent||D|
|District 37||Mary Smart||R||N||1||I oppose the constitutional convention. We elect the people to the Legislature that we have confidence to represent our interests. I have no expectation that constitutional delegates would do a better job than our elected legislative body. I appreciate the current constitutional provision to call a constitutional convention and want that option to remain in place. Most of the changes proposed have already been rejected by previous constitutional conventions.
There isn’t sufficient outcome value to justify the cost. We don’t know who will be elected as delegates, nor the issues that will be considered. Without that information, we are voting blindly. We are already over-taxed and in debt. We don’t need added expenses. When the charter amendments were on the ballot, many voters found the explanations of the changes to be poorly written and there were an overwhelming number of changes to consider at one time. When constitutional amendments are generated in the Legislature, there are public hearings where the general public can weigh in with concerns and proposed modifications.
|District 38||Henry Aquino||Incumbent||D|
|District 39||Ty Cullen||Incumbent||D|
|District 40||Rosebella Ellazar-Martinez||D|
|District 40||Patrocinio Bolo||N|
|District 40||Bob McDermott||Incumbent||R||Y||5||Yes, let the people become more involved in the process.|
|District 41||Rida Cabanilla||D|
|District 41||Lynn Robinson-Onderko||D||Y||4||I understand the fundamental importance of periodically reassessing and amending our state constitution. I also understand citizens’ grave concerns about big money and extremist organizations influencing the process. I support a con con, adding that is it important that we weigh the risks. In the end, it is up to voters to decide and I will absolutely support that outcome.|
|District 41||Christopher Fidelibus||R|
|District 42||Sharon Har||Incumbent||D||Y||4||Yes. It is quite clear that the public does not trust government or elected officials to police themselves. The Legislature has frequently and unevenly invoked their ability to self-police to shield or to eviscerate other elected officials who are in our out of favor with whomever is in power.
I support the right to convene a constitutional convention (“con con”) as a check and balance against a government that the public feels is no longer “of,” “for” or “by” the people, but I do so with very strong reservations. A con con is viewed as the nuclear option that can be a Pandora’s Box. A con con is used to bring change – but while opening a con con might improve government accountability, it could also be used to roll back environmental protections or to abolish the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Like any “nuclear option,” a con con should be used and applied very judiciously.
|District 42||Jake Schafer||D||N||2||That’s a tough one. Our current state constitution asks voters every 10 years if they want to evoke a mechanism that will enable the rewriting of our state constitution. The process for doing this is called a constitutional convention, also known as a con con. The question will be on the ballot again in 2018.
Proponents argue that a new con con will reinvent government and instill much-needed enthusiasm in a jaded electorate. Other people argue that a con con has a high likelihood of being hijacked by special interests and extremists, leading to the undoing of hard-fought legal protections of the last 40 years.
Personally, I would have been more supportive of a con con if asked this question a few years ago. I have serious reservations about the current timing. Right now we seem to be going through a transformational and especially precarious period – socially, politically and environmentally. Society is more polarized than ever before in recent memory. We are still coming to terms with the challenges of fake news and a hair-trigger electorate. A con con right now will be a big gamble. We have a lot to gain but perhaps too much to lose.
|District 43||Stacelynn Eli||D|
|District 43||Michael Juarez||D||P||3||Yes I would. We already have a state constitution in place. And just like our federal constitution needs to be amended, so does our state’s. It replicates the federal, and we need to be reminded that there is a constitution that should keep us in checked balance, however, that is not the case. What we need to be more focused on is to make sure our constitution is being followed, and if not, then what remedies and action do we have to rectify the situations.|
|District 43||Sailau Timoteo||R|
|District 43||Angela Kaaihue||N|
|District 44||Cedric Gates||Incumbent||D|
|District 44||Jo Jordan||D|
|District 45||Lauren Matsumoto||Incumbent||R|
|District 46||Lester Fung||D|
|District 46||Lei Learmont||Incumbent||D|
|District 46||Amy Perruso||D||N||1||I do not support a constitutional convention at this time. I am concerned that wealthy individuals and corporations – including those who do not reside in Hawaii – will spend large amounts of money to dominate the process, which could jeopardize important constitutional protections for working families, Hawaiians, ethnic and sexual minorities, and everyday citizens.|
|District 46||John Miller||R||Y||5||Yes. It has been 40 years since the last state constitutional convention and there is a whole new generation of people who should be afforded the opportunity to have input into the state constitution. Laws are made for the living, not the dead. This would help motivate the younger generation to get involved in the state government.|
Moreover, there have been many changes in the environment that need new and improved methods of care and conservation. Technology is constantly evolving and we should be using the latest technologies to protect and preserve our natural resources.
|District 47||Sean Quinlan||Incumbent||D|
|District 47||Richard Fale||R|
|District 47||Boyd Ready||R|
|District 48||Keith Bukoski||D||N||1||I publicly and actively opposed the last call for a constitutional convention and similarly, do not support a constitutional convention at this point in time. Our state constitution is the cornerstone of life as we know it in Hawaii and should not be taken lightly.
Currently, similar to proposed amendments to the constitution that just passed out of the Legislature this past session, we have a process in place that include input from and ratification by the public to make any necessary amendments as needed. I am not presently aware of any compelling issue or issues that warrant the entire document be opened and subject to tinkering.
|District 48||Randy Gonce||D||Y||5|| I support a state constitutional convention because again, I believe in our people and the good that lies within the hearts of many. I have friends and family on both sides of this issue that I deeply respect. Many do not want a convention that could potentially change the constitution in fear of the bad things that may come out of it due to big money interests. I share their same concern but where I differ is that I truly believe that the people of Hawaii would be able to see through the money and vote down amendments that are not pono.
The people of Hawaii are some of the most amazing residents of any place I have ever been. The connection we have with the land, natural resources and culture is so strong. At the end of the day I believe, that if participation is high, many great things could come out of this convention such as a new way of thinking about our economy, ecosystems, and resources.
|District 48||Lisa Kitagawa||D||N||1||I believe that people should have a voice in the laws that are made for our state. However, I believe that people vote for representatives who they feel will best represent their views and opinions. The legislative body should be the group that creates laws for our state, since these individuals are able to dedicate more time to research and the creation of laws.|
|District 48||Jessica Wooley||D||Y||5||It is up to the public to decide in the upcoming election. I will vote to support it. I have seen the inside of the legislative and executive branches. The legislative branch has its issues, the executive branch has agency issues — and all of us pay the price when the agencies fail to do their job. For each agency, division and program, there is often little oversight, transparency or accountability and almost no ethical rules or requirements (except for procurement).
In addition, a convention would give the public the opportunity to debate, discuss and potentially repair structural deficiencies or improve upon language in the existing state constitution. For example, the result of a constitutional convention could be to create an environmental agency, consolidating existing agency programs and establishing a focus on sustainability, climate change, near shore reefs and animal/wildlife policy.
This would also ensure the governor has someone on the cabinet level to advise him or her on issues related to the environment.
|District 49||Shannon Dalire||D|
|District 49||Natalia Hussey-Burdick||D||N||1||I have attended enough political conventions to know that the outcome is decided by whichever lobbying group puts the most people in the room. With the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Citizens United, there is nothing we can do to limit the influence of big money as “free speech” on the delegate selection process. With some of the most coveted land in the world, I’m sure wealthy special interest groups from all over the world can’t wait to pour millions into such a campaign to gain influence over the document that dictates everything from our environmental protections to our governing policies.|
For the most part, I agree with the provisions in our state constitution as it is. The problems we face usually lie with drastically underfunded enforcing agencies, not with the document itself. It contains a lot of hard-won environmental protections, Native Hawaiian rights, collective bargaining rights, ethics rules, and so much more.
We could lose all of that depending on who gets to vote at the convention. With the current political climate, I don’t think it’s worth the risk of exposing the entire document to special interest groups to achieve a handful of gains that could be changed through the regular constitutional amendment process.
|District 49||Scot Matayoshi||D||P||3||I am neutral on a constitutional convention. On one hand, I can see the good it could do for our state, modernizing our constitution, but it also runs the risk of removing certain protections for working families.|
|District 49||Mo Radke||D||Y||5||We need a constitutional convention! The last one was 40 years ago. Many things around us have changed yet, many important issues remain locked in a status quo. Untapped innovation and impressive collaborative projects are pounding at the door of the present and need to be let in by our next generations. It’s time for the will of the people to have its day and not “die in committee.”|
|District 49||Adriel Lam||N||Y||5||Yes, regular opportunities to review and revise the state constitution are a necessary part of maintaining a healthy democracy. As the general population of Hawaii attains higher professional and educational standards, more communities are able to manage their own government. As Prince Kuhio brought us the city and county system in the 1920s, it’s time for Hawaii to implement more self-government through local town mayors and councils.|
|District 50||Cynthia Thielen||Incumbent||R||Y||5||I have supported holding a con con for years. Leadership appears to be apprehensive of what the con con members might propose, but I believe it is time for this convention. The end result would be placed before the voters for decision, and this is how a democracy should work.|
|District 50||Micah Pregitzer||D||P||3||I do support having the people vote if they want to have a constitutional convention. It is another opportunity for people to have a say in how our state is governed. Any amendments passed at the convention will still need to be voted on by the citizens of Hawaii at the following election.|
|District 50||Miles Shiratori||D||N||1||At this point and time I do not support a state constitutional convention (“con-con”). The way that the state of the world is in now, it is not a good time to have a con-con. If we had a con-con now it would create more damage than good.|
|District 51||Chris Lee||Incumbent||D|
|District 51||Johnene Galea’i||R|
|District 51||Coby Chock||N||Y||5||For years now, Hawaii has been a state controlled by one party. This has resulted in many policies being promoted and with others being completely ignored. The state of Hawaii has a high cost of living, with an epidemic of homelessness as a result. Additionally, there are many unfunded state liabilities such as the rail, pensions, and medical coverage. If nothing is done about them, Hawaii will need to tax the people much higher in order to stop this crisis.
The people need change and a state constitutional convention can help allow that to happen. I am always for political involvement by the people, and with the 1978 Hawaii State Constitutional Convention bringing about changes such as the establishment of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaii could use more progress in the right direction.