Innovative Ideas, Effective Leadership
My name is Stanley Chang, and I am running for re-election for Hawaii State Senate, District 9.
It has been a blessing to serve you these past 4 years, and I am grateful for the trust you put in me. With your help, we have accomplished many great things—from advances in consumer protection and housing, to the millions in funds brought to East Honolulu public schools and infrastructure. I hope to continue this important work at the State Senate.
Hawaii faces a pivotal point in its history. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted the health and financial well-being of our state, exposing many of the fundamental, underlying problems in our community: the housing shortage, a lack of good jobs, and limited economic mobility, to name a few.
Despite these difficult times, the current crisis has provided an incredible opportunity to create a better future for all generations. That is why, if re-elected, my top priority is to establish a new social contract with the people of Hawaii: if you work full time, your family should be able to live a good life. One recent labor campaign put it well: “One job should be enough.”
When my father arrived in Hawaii as an immigrant from China, one job at UH was enough for him to buy a house, raise a family, and put me through school. That’s just impossible for young people today. After decades of undersupply, our biggest missing piece is housing.
ALOHA Homes is one solution to the housing shortage. ALOHA stands for Affordable, Locally Owned Homes for All. The State would take existing lands and build high density housing sold at as little as $300,000. There would be no increased taxes, and only Hawaii residents who own no other real property could buy them.
It will not be easy; in fact, it will definitely be difficult. But this vision is possible—and necessary. All we need is effective and innovative leadership to take the first step.
Friends and neighbors, I humbly ask for your vote.
Mahalo for your consideration,
Stanley Chang, State Senator (D-9)
If you have any questions, or would like to give general comments and suggestions, please contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call my cell: (808) 778-5783.