Candidates for 1st congressional seat debate face to face at forum

Published On: Feb 24 2014 09:49:00 PM HST

Candidates running for the first congressional seat representing urban Honolulu met face to face in a forum Monday.

HONOLULU -

Candidates running for the first congressional seat representing urban Honolulu met face to face in a forum Monday. It was sponsored by the Kokua Council.

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Senate president Donna Kim, who was out of town, was the only candidate unable to make it.

The candidates were asked what sets them aside from their opponents, and each in attendance responded.

"In my short time on the council, I have dealt with many tough political issues and you always know where Ikaika Anderson stands even if you don't agree with him," said Congressional Candidate Ikaika Anderson.

"It was because Senator Inouye was able to start at the age of 38 in the senate -- he was able to serve our community and our state for 50 years. That's the kind of leadership we need in Hawaii and that's the kind of leadership I look forward to bringing," said Stanley Chang, a congressional candidate.

"I have 31 years of work experience. Ten years in the private nonprofit sector -- First Hawaii Credit Corp and Coalition for Drug-Free Hawaii being an administrator with Mayor Frank Fasi and 14 years at the legislature," said Congressional Candidate Will Espero.

"I am Hawaii's true progressive candidate for Congress. I will not forsake the rights of anyone, any citizen for corporate interests. I am the only who does not take money from biotech corporations," said Catherine Xian, a congressional candidate.

"I currently serve in the U.S. Army. I am in the National Guard. I joined the guard in 1999 as a preventive medical officer, and today I serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Hawaii Army Guard. I am very proud of that service," said Congressional Candidate Mark Takai.

"The quality of life has improved greatly. We have lowered crime and we have been able to increase people. That's what I hope to do in Washington D.C. I am someone who doesn't just talk the talk, but someone who gets things done thank you very much," said Joey Monahan, a congressional candidate.

Our partners at Civil Beat have conducted their first congressional poll. Those numbers will be available on Wednesday on KITV.com.

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