As the primary election is nearing, I have been viewing candidates who are running for office. I remember as a teenager how happy I was when they changed the voting age from 21 to 18. I have voted in every election where I have lived since 1972. For those of us who live in West Maui, and I have for 36 years, we appreciate government representatives who get things done.
In the election for our state senator in West and South Maui, newcomer Terez Amato and incumbent Sen. Roz Baker are vying for the Democratic nomination. While I give kudos to Terez Amato for running for office, all I have read about her and her experience seems to be lacking. Time and volunteerism will help her, but we do not have time. The election is within days.
I can tell you in Senator Baker's 12 years of representation, we have seen many, many successes for the people who live in West Maui and Kihei. She has brought millions of dollars into our community for projects like funding for the Kihei Library air conditioning, funding for six school construction projects, and for the rest of Maui in capital improvement projects for highways, airports, small boat harbors, schools, Maui Memorial Medical Center and UH-Maui College. This is only in her last term.
In the past, Roz help champion the Certificate of Need for the new West Maui Hospital to begin construction next year. In 2011, she was a driving force behind the passage of Act 206, protecting the employment rights of victims of sexual and domestic violence. She has fought for care for our kupuna, relief for distressed homeowners, equality in the workplace and same-sex marriage. The list goes on and on.
I can tell you as a constituent in her district, when I have contacted Sen. Baker for help, she has always taken the time to get back to me and assist me with solutions to my dilemmas.
While I applaud Terez Amato for running for office, I don't believe she has the experience and solid connection to our community that Roz has. This is why I am urging all in my community to re-elect Sen. Roz Baker. She has the proven track record of being committed to your family and your community. On Aug. 9,, vote for Roz! You won't be disappointed!
Danielle M. Bergan