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Party Involvement

  • State Central Committee-Education Caucus Rep. 2014-present
  • Certified the Education Caucus, 2014
  • Ad hoc District 8 Committee Chair, To Appoint three names to Governor, 2013
  • District 8 Chair, 2010-2014
  • State Central Committee-District 8, 2010-2014
  • State Central Committee-District 10, 2009-2010
  • Mazi Hirono’s Maui Liaison, 2008 Reelection campaign
  • Democratic Party of Hawaii District 10 Chair, 2006-2010
  • Al Gore’s 43rd Legislative District Organizer, 2000 Presidential race in Seattle, WA

National Education Association passed convention items

A delegate has to pass an item through the state caucus or obtain 50 signatures to get it to the floor. Thanks to my wise predecessors, I have successfully debated these items in front of over 10,000 delegates.

  • NEA opposes funding private paramilitary organizations with public tax money, 2008
  • NEA supports legislation that requires examination of Genetically Modified (GM) food safety and adequate labeling, 2008
  • NEA supports legislation that requires to make war-profiteering illegal, 2008
  • NEA supports establishment and funding of programs and standards to protect children from physical, sexual, or emotional abuse and/or neglect, both domestically, internationally, 2009
  • NEA supports federal programs that provide information to students to improve understanding about different sexual orientations, 2009
  • NEA supports legislation to hold all companies completely financially responsible by removing liability caps on compensation for any environmental, social and economic disruption or destruction for which they are responsible, 2010
  • NEA supports the federal government taxing all earned income, not just the first 100,00, for Social Security, 2011
  • NEA supports legislation to provide individuals in bankruptcy reasonable options for discharging student loans, 2012
  • New business item 8, That the NEA representative assembly will encourage, within existing resources, all members to participate and support the International Day of Peace which takes place annually on September 21, 2012
  • NEA Amendment to Policy Statement On Kindergarten And Pre- Kindergarten- (Deletion of language that supported preschool vouchers), 2013
  • NEA supports, legislation that requires examination of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) food safety, and adequate labeling of GMO foods, and private Right of action to enforce GMO food labeling requirements, 2013
  • NEA supports Legislation mandating employers to offer short term disability policies that include maternity leave, 2014
  • NEA support equal time requirements, reinstatement of the fairness doctrine, ascertainment, affirmative action in broadcast regulations and the media ownership rules in the Telecommunications Act of 1966. 2016


  • High Stake Testing, 2014
  • Concerning Common Core “Reforms”, 2007
  • Repeal ACT 167/52, 2007
  • Requesting the Department of Education to Utilize Research and Evaluation Tools When Reviewing Teacher Performance, 2007
  • Special Education Staffing Formula Will Provide Adequate Staffing For Our Public Schools, 2007
  • Teacher Pay In Hawaii Should Not Be The worst In The Country, 2007
  • Urging the Hawai’i State Legislature to increase funding for public education, 2016


I submitted this resolution through the Democratic Party of Hawaii State Central Committee within weeks of the Supreme Court’s draconian Citizen’s United Supreme Court Decision. Thanks to my quick action, Hawaii was the first state in the nation to take an official position against the Citizen’s United Supreme Court ruling. I was awarded an interview on the Thom Hartman political radio show for my efforts.

House Concurrent Resolution 282

Requesting congress to propose an amendment to the constitution of the United States to permit congress and the states to regulate the expenditure of funds by corporations engaging in political speech, 2010


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