Fukunaga is a veteran public servant with over 25 years of legislative experience
AUGUST 28, 2012 – HONOLULU –State Senator Carol Fukunaga announced today that she is running in the November 6 special election for Tulsi Gabbard’s recently vacated seat in the Honolulu City Council District VI. She was accompanied by supporters and well-wishers at her 2 PM filing at the City Clerk’s Office.
“I am humbled and energized by the strong encouragement I have received from constituents, community leaders and colleagues, urging me to run for the City Council,” said Senator Carol Fukunaga. “It's gratifying to know that many of the community issues I've worked on — including bringing city, state and federal programs together to enhance job skills, find homeless solutions or increase affordable housing — are closely tied to the role of a City councilmember."
"In fact, a number of communities in Council District 6 have long been part of my Senate district and I have worked with residents and organizations to find solutions for difficult problems. Through our collective efforts we have forged solid solutions.”
At the community level, Fukunaga has championed transit-oriented planning to revitalize Ala Moana, Kakaako and Chinatown, fought neighborhood crime through expansion of the "Weed & Seed" program, and led efforts to revitalize school facilities in the Roosevelt complex.
As a member of the City Council, some important issues Fukunaga will focus on include fixing Honolulu’s aging sewer and water infrastructure, restoring urban bus routes and helping the district’s kupuna population receive services within their neighborhoods.
"Carol's experience in tackling critical issues, addressing the unique needs of diverse communities, and working collaboratively with many stakeholders makes her well-qualified for this position," said retired Councilmember Marilyn Bornhorst. "She possesses far more land use and planning experience than is typical of state policymakers."
During her 20-year tenure in the State Senate, Fukunaga has headed the Senate Ways and Means Committee, and various economic development, technology and legislative management committees. Her many accomplishments include legislation to remove tax burdens on small businesses and to increase public access to government services. Senator Fukunaga has also been a leader in Hawaii's technology arena and a staunch supporter of infusing education with technology tools.
Fukunaga is a proud alumnus of Hawaii public schools. She graduated from Roosevelt High School and the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.