Karlen Ross
Karlen Ross

Candidate Profile

Karlen Ross
Democratic Candidate for District 17
State House of Representatives
(808) 767-6567
First time candidate. Thank you for your consideration.

1.     Why are you running for office?

I’m running because when I was on the mainland and I had my daughter, I knew I had to return home to raise her here in this special place we all call home. Our values of hard-work, family, and a love of the environment are beliefs we all share. I am the candidate that believes we need to care for the most vulnerable in our society, the kupuna and keiki.

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?

Unquestionably, Native Hawai’ians were served an historical injustice, and by all rights deserve the ability to rectify this. I am not a Native Hawai’ian, so I don’t feel I have the right to dictate what’s best for a community I don’t belong to. As a legislator, I would support whatever government is formed and work with 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.

Native Hawai’ians often are some of the most underserved communities in terms of social and economic justice. I will support policies that will directly improve their lives, especially keiki through Pre-K education and kupuna through affordability initiatives. I would also support bills that ensure the preservation of cultural and agricultural practices.