With so many important issues facing our elected officials, the HawaiiKidsCAN Action Fund believes that it is critical for education issues to be front and center. That is why we surveyed all 2020 candidates for Hawaii State Legislature through a digital platform. We were thrilled that 45 candidates completed the survey, including nine Senate candidates and 36 House candidates. Voters can click on the link below to view all of the responses we received. In case you do not know which candidates are running to represent you, this website also includes a link to look up your legislative district. Once the file is downloaded, voters can click on each candidate’s name to be taken to their responses.
The HawaiiKidsCAN Action Fund was encouraged by the nuance and thoughtfulness included in the responses. The following is a sample of the issues on the minds of Hawaii legislative candidates as they grapple with the direction to take education in our state. If your candidates were not among those that responded, we encourage you to contact them and ask these questions and others that pertain to education. It is important for candidates to prioritize education in our state’s future.
In advance of the 2018 primary and general elections, Hawaii students who represent every type of education option—from traditional public to charter, private and home schools— hosted a candidate forum on KFVE- TV with major candidates vying for the offices of governor and United States Congress, District 1.
During the forum, students posed questions to the candidates and each had one minute to respond. Candidate invitations were determined by public polling and prior televised debate appearances. The following hopefuls appeared in this forum: