Candidate: Mike Gabbard
Address: PO Box 75480 Kapolei HI 96707
Political Office/Position Sought: State Senate
Senate/Representative District: District 20
Are you an incumbent? Yes
Campaign contact name, phone number, and e-mail address:
Mike Gabbard – State Senate; 808-682-0676; firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Why are you running for office?
I completed my 10th legislative session as a State Senator on May 5th. During those 10 years, we’ve seen a lot of positive changes, such as the new UH West O‘ahu campus, the Kapolei Court Complex, Kualaka‘i Parkway, Ho‘okele Elementary, and the addition of many homes, businesses, and places to shop. I’m fortunate to be running unopposed during the 2016 election and appreciate your support as we continue focusing on reducing traffic congestion, creating good jobs, and providing affordable housing for the people of West O`ahu.
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?
I voted in support of Act 195 in 2011 to establish a Native Hawaiian Roll Commission, which advanced the goal of Hawaiian self-governance. I’d support other legislation brought forward by the Native Hawaiian community to this end.
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 the Chair of the Senate’s Water, Land, and Agriculture Committee, I have the opportunity to consider many legislative initiatives that are important to the Native Hawaiian community. My most important role in this capacity is to be a good listener and be respectful and responsive to the testimony that is provided during the public hearing process. This past session I supported legislation to provide funding to the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission and the Aha Moku Advisory Committee. More than anything, it seems imperative for me to support continued funding in the state budget for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, so that they can build homes and reduce the waiting list for homesteads.
Senator Mike Gabbard – Short summary of background
I’m a life-long educator and small businessman. I served on the Honolulu City Council from 2003 to 2005 representing Ewa, Kapolei, and the Wai`anae Coast. I’ve been a member of the State Senate for West O‘ahu (Kapolei, Makakilo, and portions of Ewa, Kalaeloa, and Waipahu) since 2006. The 2016 session was my first as Chair of the Water, Land, and Agriculture Committee. The highlight of this session was getting my bill passed to establish a 5-year industrial hemp pilot program that will allow the commercial sale of hemp as marketing and industry development.