Hello Hawaii! Let’s keep your land looking like paradise and learn about the eco-friendly Congressional candidates running this year. To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project, read our full intro here.
Voting in Hawaii
Your state has an open primary, which means you can vote for any candidate, regardless of party affiliation. Nice and easy. The candidates that collect the most votes on your primary day, August 11, will move onto the general election in November.
Things on the ballot this year: U.S. Senate, U.S. House, governor, state executive offices, state senate, state house, state ballot measures, municipal government, and candidate ballot access.
- Incumbent since 2012
- Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on National Parks
- Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining
In Congress, Mazie has disapproved and resisted climate-change-deniers in government (including Scott Pruitt) because of her environmental and sustainable values. She’s also opposed Trump’s focus in coal production expansion and voted against the Keystone XL pipeline, and against drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.
Instead, Mazie looks to Hawaii’s values on this one–conservation is key. Your state is already leading in clean energy, and she wants to expand this country-wide. She is a sponsor of the Grid Modernization Act, which encourages alternative fuel sources alongside updating the electric grid. Additionally, Mazie is anti-tax breaks for fossil fuel companies and pro-incentives for clean energy production.
Other Senator Candidates:
- Consuelo Anderson (R)
- George Berish (R)
- Ron Curtis (R) – Wants to transition small communities to renewable sources in order to improve the electric grid and prevent natural disasters from wiping out the power of large numbers of residents. Sounds like it’s more about keeping residents in power than it is about being eco-friendly, but we aren’t complaining.
- Roque De La Fuente (R) – Also running in Wyoming, Washington, Vermont, Florida, Delaware, and Minnesota.
- Robert Helsham Sr. (R)
- Michael Hodgkiss (R)
- Eddie Pirkowski (R) – Wants to expand alternative fuel sources and domestic fossil fuel exploration/pipelines, supports international agreements to curb harmful gases, and end oil tax breaks.
- Thomas White (R)
- Charles Haverty (Nonpartisan)
- Matthew Maertens (Nonpartisan)
- Arturo Reyes (Nonpartisan)
U.S. House of Representatives
Find your district here.
Our pick: Doug Chin
- Attorney General (HI) (2015-2018)
- Lieutenant Governor (HI) (2018-present)
Doug has done a lot for the environment in his positions already. First, he’s completely on board with your state’s plan to make the 100% renewable transition by 2045, and he signed a pledge for Hawaii to uphold the commitments in the Paris Climate Agreement despite Trump’s plans to withdraw from it. Doug opposed Scott Pruitt’s EPA nomination and resisted the current administration’s attempts to rollback the Clean Water Act.
When it comes to your state and environmental issues at home, Doug has supported preservation movements, such as those with the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and protecting coastlines along O‘ahu’s North Shore. In Congress, Doug wants to expand funding to Hawaii for sustainable source expansion, protect parks from fracking and drilling, and work towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Other District 1 Candidates:
- Kaniela Ing (D) – Supports a 100% renewable-powered country by 2035, preserving air, land, and water, mandatory GMO labeling, and organic farming.
- Ed Case (D) – Supports international agreements combating climate change, funding environmental protections, expanding national parks, and a protection emphasis on the oceans.
- Beth Fukumoto (D) – Appreciates Hawaii’s sustainable culture and conservation programs and wants to expand these nationally in Congress.
- Donna Kim (D) – Trusts the science of climate change and vows to fight for land, air, and water protections.
- Ernest Y. Martin (D)
- Sam Puletasi (D) – A 2016 political courage test shows Sam’s support for renewable energy investments, stronger fracking regulations, and regulating greenhouse gas emissions. He also supported the Keystone XL pipeline (source).
- Cam Cavasso (R)
- Raymond Vinole (R)
- Zachary Burd (Green Party)
- Michelle Rose Tippens (Libertarian)
- John Cipolla (Nonpartisan)
- Calvin Griffin (Nonpartisan)
Our pick: Tulsi Gabbard
- Incumbent since 2012
In Congress, Tulsi has proven herself to be very deserving of our endorsement (along with endorsements from the Sierra Club, LCV, and Ocean Champions). How so? We’ll start with her vote against the Keystone XL pipeline, and her consistent support for green energy and preservation. She’s co-sponsored a number of acts in Congress that we’re pretty excited about. Let’s review, shall we?
First up we have the Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation Act which authorizes grants that encourage the observation, research, and conservation of coral reefs. Next, she’s a cosponsor of House Resolution 540. This one is a really big deal, folks. If this goes through, it would mean that the House agrees that it upholds some great environmental necessities, including working toward a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, 100% renewable energy, and being conscious of how policies might create negative effects due to climate change.
Tulsi also has a few things on her list in regards to food. She is a big supporter of GMO labeling. We aren’t going to get specific here, but GMOs cause a lot of problems with ecosystem balances (among other things), and label gives power to the consumers to choose environmentally safe foods. (You can start your understanding of GMOs with this article.)