Candidate: Javier Ocasio
Date: 5 July 2016
Website address: www.votejavi.com
Political Office/Position Sought: CD1
Senate/Representative District: 13/25
Are you an incumbent? No
Campaign contact name, phone number, and e-mail address: Javier Ocasio for Congress, 808-200-8634, email@example.com
Background summary: I am 38 years old and originally born in Manati, Puerto Rico. I have two brothers and a nephew. As a multi-generational Army soldier, I have lived across nine states and four countries. After serving 15 years in the military I left the service after the death of my four-year-old daughter. Shortly thereafter I took to activism and moved around a lot. I moved back to Hawaii two years ago to live closer to my brother and to continue do what I can to challenge the status quo.
1. Why are you running for office?
I am running for office because I believe we cannot change Congress unless we change who is in Congress. I am running because I believe that any candidate for public office should have two things utmost in their mind: 1) the protection and restoration of our lands, water, air, and wildlife. 2) the upliftment and empowerment of the people. So far I see no other candidate running for CD that believes as I do.
2. What are your views about the Hawaiian self-governance? In your capacity as a legislator, what action, if any, would you advocate in support of Hawaiian self-governance?
I believe that Hawaiian self-governance is of the utmost importance. The Hawaiian Kingdom was illegally overthrown and in order for that injustice to be corrected legally, politically and diplomatically, it would be wrong to ever try to fit them into the Native Tribe classification. As a legislator I would advocate for the creation of a new category that recognizes the kingdom justly.
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 bill ideas that you would be willing to propose or support for the advancement of Native Hawaiians.
As it pertains to Native Hawaiian issues, I see my role as one to establish a key foundational step upon which other steps may be taken. To me one of the most basic and necessary steps going forward is the creation of a Kingdom classification apart from tribes. Such a new classification must also contain the empowering language necessary for the category to not be hollow. It will be a complicated and difficult fight on many levels. But it is a step that must be taken. Nothing can ever be as it was but as a legislator I understand that the longer we take to do what is right, the higher the price that will be paid.