Primary Date: 08/11/2018
Primary Type: Open Primary
”I was in a Republican district, running on a progressive platform, but I couldn't stand by while the tea-party incumbent sold-out our islands. So I personally knocked on 15,000 doors. I walked my neighborhood from noon to sunset, after working a full-time sunrise shift cleaning locker rooms at a nearby resort. It was an uphill battle, but people could relate to my grassroots message... We were outspent-10-to-1, but still won by a huge 26 percent margin.” - Kaniela Ing
Justice Democrats is proud to support candidates with a positive vision for our future. As establishment strategies continue to fail the people, Kaniela Ing fights for a platform to uplift the lives of the extraordinary people he would represent by replacing the incumbent and fighting for:
- More affordable housing for our Kupuna
- Raising the living wage and universal basic income
- Big money out of politics
- Tuition-free higher education and college
- 100% renewable energy economy by 2035
- An infrastructure plan for working-class people, not international wealthy elites
- Eliminating the for-profit prison system
- Environmental protection measures
- Unionize workers rights and bring more jobs
- Native Hawaiian issues and concerns
- Expanding social security
- GMO-labeling and pesticides
Kaniela was born and raised in Hawaii and attended Kamehameha Schools Maui, Maui Community College, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and American University in Washington D.C. He served as UH student-body president, as a neighborhood board member, and has worked in various capacities with Hawaii's business, government, and the non-profit sectors prior to assuming public office. He’s now the Majority Policy Leader. His first job was at 14 yo in the pineapple fields to help his family pay the bills. Kaniela is a local boy and fights for working families because he comes from one. He was elected to serve the 11th House District (South Maui: Kihei, Wailea, Makena) as a 23-year-old first-time candidate in 2012. Kaniela was widely considered an underdog based on fundraising, name recognition, and countless of hours of grassroots voter outreach. He was was re-elected in the 2014 primary and general elections. In 2016, he faced Primary challenger, Deidre Tegarden and prevailed with 61% of the vote to his opponent's 34%. He has been a constant voice for this district and will continue doing so in Washington against big money special interests who sell out our people for profit.
”I have always put people over profits. We took on corporate polluters, special interest lobbyists, and even billionaires. I quickly rose up the ranks to become Majority Policy Leader, setting legislative priorities statewide. We expanded voting access, women’s equality, LGBTQ rights, environmental protections, gun safety, and more. Now, I’m taking this grassroots, progressive energy from Hawaii to Washington D.C.” - Kaniela Ing
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