HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - As an Oahu North Shore native, Democratic candidate Kathryn Xian said on Wednesday she's ready to fight for the people of Hawaii if elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
"I know what it's like to work with my community in the trenches," she said. "I know what it's like to pass very serious policy changes that affect all the people of our aina, statewide. And that's what I honor, is that connection to not only our homeland, but also each other, our unified ohana, as a community."
With more than two decades of nonprofit work experience -- from dealing with abuse victims to attempting to end human trafficking -- Xian said, if elected, she will accept only half of her Congressional pay and donate the rest to the elderly on fixed incomes and homeless families with children.
"I will continue to accept only half of my Congressional pay until the people of Hawaii are afforded a living wage," Xian said.
During the interview with Keahi Tucker, Xian also spoke about spending cuts as well as the issue in Iraq.
"Intervening right now would only accomplish a short-term goal, and that's not what we need," she said. "It didn't work last time and it won't work now."