Area Se­na­tor Run­ning For Congress To Rep­re­sent Ur­ban Oahu

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BY CHRISTINA

O’CON­NOR

State Sen. Donna Mer­cado Kim, an area Demo­crat, an­nounced last month that she is run­ning for U.S. Congress to rep­re­sent ur­ban Oahu in the First Con­gres­sional Dis­trict.

A Kal­ihi res­i­dent, Kim cur­rently rep­re­sents the 14th se­na­to­rial dis­trict, which in­cludes por­tions of Halawa and Aiea, along with Ka­palama, Alewa, Kal­ihi Val­ley, Ft. Shafter and Moanalua Gar­dens and Val­ley. She also serves as the se­nate pres­i­dent.

“I have had the priv­i­lege to serve on the Honolulu City Coun­cil, in the state House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the State Se­nate as Se­nate Pres­i­dent,” stated Kim. “With this ex­pe­ri­ence comes a per­spec­tive that I want to take to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., on be­half of the peo­ple of Hawaii. It is with my son and grand­chil­dren in mind that I have been pas­sion­ate and un­wa­ver­ing in my pub­lic ser­vice. It is my goal to turn over to them a bet­ter state and bet­ter union.”

Kim launched her polit- ical ca­reer in 1982 when she was first elected to the state House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. She also served on the Honolulu City Coun­cil be­fore join­ing the Se­nate in 2000. Prior to as­sum­ing her cur­rent role as se­nate pres­i­dent, Kim chaired the Ways and Means and Tourism com­mit­tees.

If elected to Congress, Kim plans to strengthen gov­ern­ment ac­count­abil­ity, elim­i­nate waste­ful spend- ing and avoid tax hikes.

“Our im­me­di­ate pri­or­i­ties should in­clude re­fin­ing the Af­ford­able Care Act to en­sure that it ful­fills its man­dates,” Kim said. “In par­tic­u­lar, we need to take mea­sures to re­duce its fi­nan­cial bur­den on small busi­nesses, which are fac­ing huge cost in­creases.

“I want to see Congress adopt a bud­get in­stead of pass­ing con­tin­u­ing res­o­lu­tions, as well as take bold steps to bet­ter bal­ance our rev­enues and longterm obli­ga­tions for our cit­i­zens. In this re­gard, while I be­lieve that our for­eign re­la­tion­ships are im­por­tant, we should be di­rect­ing more at­ten­tion to the prob­lems fac­ing our so­ci­ety: poverty, home­less­ness and hunger among them.”

Serv­ing on Congress, she said, also will con­tinue to help her own dis­trict on a larger scale.

“In my dis­trict and through­out the state, road re­pair and main­te­nance are a high pri­or­ity, along with fix­ing our schools and the Univer­sity of Hawaii,” she said.

“Be­fore we em­bark on new pro­grams or new con­struc­tion, we must be able to main­tain what we have and take into ac­count the long-term obli­ga­tions in­her­ent in any new gov­ern­ment ser­vice or new con­struc­tion project.”

So far, Kim has been en­dorsed by IBEW Lo­cal 1260, a union that rep­re­sents 3,300 elec­tri­cal work­ers in Hawaii and Guam.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit don­namer­cadokim.com.

Donna Mer­cado Kim

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