Full Name: Dr. Michael Kioni Dudley
Name on Ballot: Kioni Dudley
District: District I
Email Address: DrKioniDudley@hawaii.rr.com
Current Job: Retired educator
Place of birth: Culver City, Calif.
Job history past 10 years:
Retired during this time. I previously taught at Chaminade University, UH-Manoa, University of California at Santa Barbara, Leeward Community College, and in the high schools of the Department of Education. During retirement, I have been very active in community affairs.
Ever run for public office? If so, when? Outcome?
1976 state House; 1994 governor; 1996 state Senate; 1998 lieutenant governor; 2011 City Council.
I have been elected nine times to the Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board.
Other civic experience or community service?
Founder 2004 and current president of the Friends of Makakilo — 1000 plus members. As FOM president I was an intervenor at the Land Use Commission from 2009 to 2012, opposing the Ho’opili development. I am also the founder and current chair of Save Oahu Farmland Alliance.
Anything else you’d like voters to know about you?
My campaign focus: reducing Leeward commute time. We stand at a critical moment when this can be done. Let’s take back our lives. The Star-Bulletin named me one of “10 who made a Difference” in the state in 2009. I will make a greater difference this time.
What makes you qualified to be a Council member?
A longtime community activist, I bought my first home in Makakilo, the center of District I, in 1979, when it was surrounded by sugar cane. I’ve seen it grow, know how things came to be. Serving on the Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale for 18 years, I know the problems.
What is your one big idea?
Commuter travel time can be greatly reduced, not doubled as planned. New freeway lanes will bring current traffic back up to “stable flow” if we temporarily stop building in Leeward and Central. But we must stop now. The elevated guideway will let us resume. Let’s improve our own lives.
What steps should elected city officials take next regarding the rail project?
Once vehemently opposed to rail, I now see that we need the elevated guideway (with rail, buses, Maglev, or whatever riding it), to get future West-siders to work. It must get to downtown, or people won’t ride it. I would stop it at Aala Park or nearby.
Why has the city not been able to take more homeless off the street and what would you do to improve the situation?
I support the governor and mayor for current moves. My focus is on the future. Each westsider spends $7,300 a year to sit in traffic for an hour each way, a hidden but real cause of homelessness for many. Doubling commute time will cost $14,600. Aloha, home!
What steps can elected officials take to ensure city employees behave ethically?
In order to protect himself and others, Mayor Caldwell put cronies on the city Ethics Commission and drove Executive Director Chuck Totto out. Vote Caldwell out; return Totto.
Also change RCH 11-102 which shields Council members from having to publicly declare “conflict of interest” campaign contributions before voting.
As an elected city official, what would you do to improve the city’s affordable housing supply?
Unfortunately, unscrupulous real estate agents and greedy home sellers have brought us outrageous prices our people can’t afford. Although the price freeze years ago failed, things have changed. Only the world’s very rich can afford our houses. The market itself desperately needs a successful, long standing price freeze.