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2020 Election: Bernard P. Carvalho Jr

Name on ballot:

Bernard P. Carvalho Jr

Running for:

Kauai county council

Political party:


Campaign website:

Current occupation:




Previous job history:

– Substitute Teacher Kauai Department of Education State of Hawaii.
– Recreation Leader III fulltime C of K and part time for 10 yrs. for Aloha Airlines.
– Director or Recreation County of Kauai and part time with Tihati Productions Polynesian show MC.
– Appointed as Department Head of the Offices of Community assistance County of Kauai overseeing, Recreation, Transportation, Elderly Affairs, and Housing Agency.
– 2007 New Department of Recreation formed as voted in 2006 general election.
– Appointed to Department Head of Department of Parks & Recreation creating policy and procedure from inception.
Upon the unexpected death of the late Mayor Bryan J. Baptiste’s in 2008, a special election was held. Mayor Baptiste’s family asked me to run for his remaining term in office. I ran and was elected into office as Mayor of the County of Kauai. Was re elect in 2010 and 2014. Termed out as Mayor and retired from the county of Kauai Nov 30, 2018.

Previous elected office, if any:

Mayor, County Of Kauai 2008-2018

Please describe your qualifications to represent the voters of your county.

I am 58 years old and believe I can still contribute to my community. I see myself as a BRIDGE…. in Hawaiian we call it the KA UAPO. With my experience in government, relationships I have built, knowledge of seeking resources along with my natural ability to listen, collaborate, and work with others even when we agree to disagree doing so respectfully. I will help bridge council and administration. The council and administration work for YOU and we are all in this together.

What will be your top priority if elected?

Affordable Housing

As Hawaii faces the COVID-19 pandemic, what more should county government do to protect residents’ health?

Working closely and supporting the administration in enforcement and implementation of all health and safety rules and regulations. We need to seek solutions and resources to address the “New Normal” way of caring for our people, our visitors, and our island home.

What should county government do to help residents who have been economically affected by the pandemic?

We need to assure that the County’s Cares Act funding is utilized responsibly so we are prepared for the possibility of any future outbreaks and continue to support all efforts in our economic recovery. Being fiscally responsible now will provide opportunity to lobby our State leaders for additional funding through the Cares Act program.

Should public worker furloughs, pay cuts or downsizing be used to help the county deal with lower tax revenues and higher expenses during the pandemic? Why or why not?

We need to look at all options due to the Pandemic Crisis. If anything, this should serve as a temporary measure across the board to be fair to all

What specific solutions do you propose to combat homelessness?

We need create and support a first responder assessment team that will focus on gathering accurate data to better make decisions on how to address our homeless community.

Do you support reforms to policing in Hawaii? If yes, please explain what reforms you support.


Is there anything more that you would like voters to know about you?

Be assured that I will bring to the table not only years of government experience, but also the heart and determination to serve the people of Kauai and Niihau.
I will…Make the tough decisions based on the voice of the people
I will share…My gift with the ability in working collaboratively in finding solutions to make Kauai a better place.
I will commit…To building relationships that will bring resources back home through dedicated, proven, leadership

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