Randy Gonce, House 40

Candidate Profile

Candidate:
 Randy Gonce
Email: friendsofrandygonce@gmail.com
Phone: (808) 829-5042
Website Address:
 www.randygonceforhawaii.com
Political Office/Position Sought:
 State House District 40
Are you an incumbent?
 No
Campaign contact name, phone number, and e-mail address:
Myself, information above

1.     Why are you running for office?

I am running for office because District 40 is in dire need of an effective leader to face the issues Ewa Beach has that includes all citizens. Ewa Beach is now and will be more so a crucial place on the island as more development looms and the lay of the island is changing. District 40’s incumbent has made a career of grandstanding on social issues that divide our residents and hurt our chances to fund our schools, fix our traffic, and take care of our citizens. There has not been an effective challenger in Ewa Beach in many election cycles but my campaign will change this.

2.     What are your views about Hawaiian self-governance? In your capacity as a legislator, what action, if any, would you advocate in support of Hawaiian self- governance?

Hawaiian self-governance is an important issue to me. As someone who grew up on the mainland before I pulled papers I wanted a grasp of the history and struggles of the Native Hawaiian people. I reached out to many organizations such as Aloha Aina and the Sovereignty movement. I was invited to spend weekends and attend seminars to become educated on the topic. I walked away with a grand understanding of the issues and fully supporting the Native Hawaiian’s movement to self governance. I will take action on whichever decision the many Native Hawaiian organizations agree on together that they believe best suits them.

3.     When it comes to Native Hawaiian issues, what do you perceive your role as a legislator to be? What ways can you, if elected, support Native Hawaiian concerns through your legislative abilities? If elected, describe specific Native Hawaiian bill ideas that you would be willing to propose or support for the advancement of Native Hawaiians.

As a legislator I would be honored to help introduce and pass legislation on behalf of the Native Hawaiian Caucus and other organizations that they deem fit for their civil rights struggle. With the many different organizations with different ideas of where the self-governance of Native Hawaiians should go I would again be honored to help these organizations come together and figure out the best solution that benefits everyone.