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2020 Election: William “Bud” Stonebraker

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Name on ballot:

William “Bud” Stonebraker

Running for:

Honolulu mayor

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State Representative

Please describe your qualifications to represent the people of Oahu.

I love my home state and have the experience and common sense to lead us toward security and prosperity.

What is the most pressing need for the people you seek to represent, and what can you do to address that need?

People need relief from burdensome regulations and red tape. Getting a building permit should be easier. Our roads should be fixed. Unsightly abandoned vehicles must be removed. I aim to fix this.

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

Residents will take precautions when given proper information. The county government should offer guidelines and publish pertinent data allowing people to make informed decisions.

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

Let them go back to work.

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?

Yes. It is only fair.

What specific solutions do you propose to combat homelessness?

The city can support community outreach efforts (with zoning or permitting) which build shelters on private land. These Public Private Partnerships will serve the local population and allow for more vigorous enforcement. Those who have been sent here from other cities will have to be sent back where they have a better support network.

Do you support or oppose stopping construction of the rail project at Middle Street? Please explain.

I support this plan. The final 4 miles will prove enormously more delicate and costly. With nearly 90% done to Middle Street I believe it is prudent to pause until we are financially stable while working to get what we have working smoothly.

Do you support or oppose using new city funds to cover any shortfall in HART’s construction or operating costs? Please explain.

No I do not support losing additional hundreds of millions of dollars for shortfalls. The hemorrhaging of money must stop and this is why the Middle Street alternative is a good option to pursue.

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

Yes, we need transparency coupled with support and due process for officers. I do not support reform that strips officers of their law enforcement tools.

What can county government do to mitigate the affects of sea-level rise on Oahu?

Honolulu can work to raise awareness, identify vulnerabilities, and appoint a task force for sea level rise adaptation planning.

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

Thank you for your support. I aspire to provide common sense solutions to Honolulu’s longstanding problems. Much Aloha

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