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Too much favoritism at the legislature

October 4, 2012
Chayne Marten - Candidate, State House District 10 , The Maui Weekly

Some political leaders are out of touch with the people they swore to represent: legislators who represent unions, "Big Oil," political action committees, special interest groups and corporations. We know corporations don't care about people--they care about profit. Unfortunately, there is too much political favoritism. During our last legislative session, a number of bills were promoted that would have eliminated environmental review for certain projects and allowed transit-related construction to ignore land use and height restrictions. This is what I mean by political favoritism.

As a citizen candidate, I will represent the people. I will not accept a campaign contribution from any of the above. I pledge as your legislator to repeal Act 55; public land for profit is wrong. Rep. Angus McKelvey voted to support this bill. Is he so out of touch with what the people want and expect from their leaders? This bill gives too much power to the Public Land Development Corporation; no one person, corporation or legislators should be exempt from the rule of law. We are accountable to the people.

I will oppose casino gambling in Hawai'i. McKelvey sponsored the bill to bring casino gambling to Hawai'i. Can you imagine slot machines on Front Street and casinos on Kaho'olawe? Not if I am elected your next legislator.

I will not vote to raise taxes or fees ever. I will serve no more than two terms in this office. I will comply with campaign spending limits.

We will build a West Side hospital in Lahaina or urgent care facility during my first term; build a new elementary school in Lahaina; balance the budget without cutting vital programs; protect and preserve Honolua and Lipoa Point in perpetuity; work diligently to help our failing schools; finish infrastructure projects, improvements and harbor repairs in a timely manner; work with the teachers' union to address teachers' concerns; offer tax relief for small businesses and free them from red tape and regulations; support ecological diversified agriculture and good jobs for teens and adults; assist kupuna and working families who struggle to hold their families together; lower taxes on food and medications for Hawai'i residents; bring our inmates home to Hawai'i; support mandatory food labeling (we have a right to know what is in the food); and install air conditioning at Lahainaluna High School.

I'm tired of party politics dividing us; hyper-partisanship is seriously hurting our economy. I am running as a Republican, but my views, beliefs and heart are nonpartisan. I will always put people before party. Our strength is in unity. When we embrace dialogue, bipartisan consensus building, collaborate, innovate and focus on solutions, we all win!

Chayne Marten

Candidate, State House District 10



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