|District 1||Kai Kahele||Incumbent||D||N||1||Although there are certain aspects of our stateʻs constitution I would like to see amended, I do not believe having a constitutional convention at this time is necessary. If there is something in the constitution that needs to be changed it can be changed by the Legislature through meaningful legislation, a majority vote, a signature by the governor and a constitutional amendment ratification on the ballot by the voting electorate.|
|District 1||Kimberly Arianoff||L|
|District 3||Brenda Ford||D||Y||5||I support a state constitutional convention. My response goes back to question No. 2. When the Legislature refuses to pass laws that the people want, disregards issues that even legislators try to get passed, and refuses to have a statewide citizens initiative process, it is time for a constitutional convention. Additionally, nominees to represent the various areas of the state need to be elected by ballot. This issue could be put on the 2020 ballot to save money.|
|District 3||Dru Kanuha||D||Y||5||Yes. We have not had a constitutional convention since 1978 – six years before I was born. Hawaii today is much different than Hawaii in 1978, yet we still face many of the same challenges that we faced in 1978.|
|District 3||Michael Last||L||Y||4||Yes, but open to all interested persons, not just the Legislature.|
|District 4||Lorraine Inouye||Incumbent||D|
|District 4||Heather Kimball||D||N||1||Our constitution should be considered a living document that needs to be adjusted to reflect changing times, changing needs and changing technology. However, I prefer to do this through a robust amendment process than through a constitutional convention. Our current constitution provides protections for workers’ rights, Native Hawaiians and the environment that could all be threatened if moneyed interests were to get involved in the delegate election process.
It is up to the voters to decide if we will engage in a constitutional convention. If it passes, I will be active in ensuring my constituents are informed and in supporting delegates who share the values of our community.
|District 6||Terez Amato||D||P||3||There is a very real risk as people who would participate in a constitutional convention are elected to it, so large special interests could pay to put regressive policies into the state constitution. That would not be OK.
I would support such elections for a con con if no corporate and lobbyist money is allowed to support the representatives participating in the convention. This would ensure the people’s needs are put first. Also I’ll ask my constituents, the people of South and West Maui, they can decide what they want, after all my job is to do what they want.
Let me be clear: Regardless of the lies people have been told, corporations are not people. The people of Hawaii deserve new elected officials and convention representatives who will never be influenced by corporations and special interests. Our constitution must never be for sale.
|District 6||Rosalyn Baker||Incumbent||D||N||1||No case has been made on a need to hold a constitutional convention.|
|District 6||Melissah Shishido||G||Y||5||“The official purpose of the Constitutional Convention that met in Philadelphia beginning on May 25, 1787 was to amend the Articles of Confederation. It had, by that time, become clear that the Articles of Confederation were not a good enough constitution for the new nation.”
I support holding a state constitutional convention. My belief is that that document was intended to be working and living document. It should be more conducive to the issues that are we face here in the islands as opposed to those faced by the continental U.S. We can keep Hawaii as the thriving place it was, hundreds of years ago.
|District 7||J. Kalani English||Incumbent||D|
|District 7||Ann Haliniak-Lloyd||D|
|District 7||Michael Tengan||D||Y||5||I support the vote for and holding a state constitutional convention. The issues we face within our government are systemic. Much of the dialogue we have about government and reform are merely the symptoms of a deeper-rooted source. This means, unless we are willing to work upon the very foundation of our constitution, it will forever be prey to the prejudices inherent to it. Yes, it is time.|
|District 12||Brickwood Galuteria||Incumbent||D||N||1||I don’t support holding a constitutional convention at this time. Amendments that the community sees as essential and necessary can be proposed through an established legislative process as evidenced through your Question 7.|
|District 12||Sharon Moriwaki||D||Y||5||I support holding a state constitutional convention. The last one was held in 1978. Widespread fears that a convention would disrupt current constitutional protections are unfounded because all changes must pass through three stages: 1) the vote for a convention; 2) voting for delegates; and 3) separate votes on each proposed amendment. These three stages assure that only the most popular amendments will pass. They might include term limits on legislators, an elected attorney general, measures to insure more government transparency and greater public control through initiative, referendum and recall.|
|District 12||Lynn Mariano||R|
|District 16||Breene Harimoto||Incumbent||D|
|District 17||Clarence Nishihara||Incumbent||D|
|District 17||Roger Clemente||R|
|District 18||Michelle Kadani||Incumbent||D|
|District 18||Anthony Solis||R|
|District 18||Emil Svrcina||R||N||1||I do not support constitutional convention in Hawaii, because there are not enough people in general voting or participating currently in our political process and also not enough properly educated, truthfully informed, honest people who do participate. After 1978, when people voted for a con con and we did end up with unions of government workers, OHA. That is very troubling especially for me as a legal political refugee coming to America form socialistic regime, now wondering why entities like this can even exist and be legal in America?
How can “we the people” allow government workers – our elected servants, employees – to organize themselves into unions and still believe that we have government of the people, by the people, for the people? Such government union is only holding people hostage. There is a big difference between regular justifiable workers protecting unions in various industries outside of the government and legal extortionists.
|District 19||Veronica Duzon||D|
|District 19||Matt LoPresti||D|
|District 21||Timothy Riley||D||N||1||My constituency appears to be against a convention. The terminology I have heard at our neighborhood board meetings is, “the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know.”|
|District 21||Maile Shimabukuro||Incumbent||D||Y||5||Support. Hawaii’s last con con was in 1978, and it appears to be time to re-examine our constitution.|
|District 21||Diamond Garcia||R|
|District 23||Clayton Hee||D||Y||5||I support a constitutional convention to permit the members to deliberate, debate and decide the appropriate action regarding this important issue.|
|District 23||Gil Riviere||Incumbent||D||N||2||I do not have a strong opinion one way or the other. However, I believe there should be a process to vet and discuss potential constitutional changes before we choose to actually convene a con con. We should look into legislation to establish this early involvement process before the con con question returns again.|
|District 24||Kenneth Ito||D||N||1||I feel we don’t need a constitutional convention at this time but a task force should be appointed by the governor to examine issues that need constitutional changes to address current and future issues and also calculate the cost to taxpayers.|
|District 24||Jarrett Keohokalole||D||N||1||I have strong concerns about holding a constitutional convention. Ultimately, this is up to the voters. Currently, super PAC funding plays far too large a role in our elections. The same risk of undue influence by dark money poses a risk of co-opting a constitutional convention. The Hawaii constitution is respected for its multitude of additional legal safeguards and protections that the U.S. Constitution does not offer. Civil rights, the water code, Native Hawaiian rights, and collective bargaining are all potentially at risk. Amendments to our constitution that either add super PAC-backed provisions or remove safeguards are a big concern. Like my concerns with a statewide citizens initiative, opportunities for special interests and demagogues to influence the backbone of our democracy are too great a threat.|