Hi, I’m Zack. I’m just a regular guy making a modest, city worker salary that wants to make a change. I’m tired of watching career politicians make irresponsible government decisions that only benefit the wealthy few. These politicians are disconnected from the lives of regular, everyday people. Regular people who work hard to make ends meet, but have their voices drowned out by the wealthy that fund political campaigns. We need more public servants and fewer politicians in office, and that’s why I’m running for City Council.
Check out my four-part policy platform below and read my Civil Beat Q&A for details.
There’s way too much money in politics. Campaign funding influences politicians, whether they admit to it or not. True democracy is supposed to spread power evenly, even to the 48% of Hawai‘i residents who are living paycheck to paycheck and can’t afford to buy political representation. I’m refusing to take campaign donations in order to remain free of influence and represent the working class.
All these new luxury high-rises won’t solve our housing crisis. A portion of all new housing developments need to be made affordable – actually affordable, not just for people with six-figure incomes. Affordable housing requirements have been watered down by wealthy developers and the politicians they own. Staying free of political influence will allow me to stand up to developers and demand the affordable units we know they can provide.
There is no separation between humans and the ‘āina. Let’s keep O‘ahu recycling and use compostable alternatives to plastic and styrofoam. Let’s take after Taiwan and ban all single-use plastics. Let’s stop urban sprawl, protect our parks and open spaces, and encourage native Hawaiian practices.
I’m a career civil servant and I see the inefficiencies of government every day. We need to embrace new technologies and streamline bureaucratic processes in order to empower hard-working, innovative citizens. A smarter government makes better use of taxpayer money and can adapt to our rapidly changing environment.
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