HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Serving six years in the state House of Representatives and two years in the Honolulu City Council, Councilman Joey Manahan said in a live interview on Friday his experience sets him apart from his competitors vying for the U.S. House District 1 seat.
"Out of the field of candidates of seven, I'm one of maybe only two candidates who can say that I was elected into two levels of government here in the state of Hawaii," Manahan said. "Having said that, I believe that government is a way to help people. I see myself more of a public servant, rather than a politician. I believe in results more than rhetoric."
Citing his work in the state Legislature with the remodernization projects of Farrington High School and Kuhio Park Terraces, Manahan said he feels prepared to tackle issues faced in Congress.
"I'm not afraid to take a stand on tough issues such as fighting the school consolidations in my district," he said.
Manahan added that the passing of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye represents the many tasks Hawaii leaders have yet to complete.
"When I look at my district, I also feel that he left us a to-do list, and I think that if we follow that to-do list, that would lead us to a path of prosperity," he said. "In looking at my district, my to-do list would be the modernization of our harbors, the airports, as well as Pearl Harbor."
During the interview with Keahi Tucker, Manahan also spoke on construction and the military as economic pillars as well as how to pay for social security and medicare. The interview concluded with a brief mention of the endorsement by his cousin and popstar Enrique Iglesias.