HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - As a former reporter for nearly 25 years, Mary Zanakis, a Democrat, never had an interest in becoming a politician or running for office, but she says her familiarity with issues facing Hawaii would make her qualified for the lieutenant governor seat.
"I may not have a solution to every problem, but I think I can at least make bad situations better," Zanakis said Thursday in an interview on Hawaii News Now.
Some of those solutions include projects that would involve improving education and homelessness in Hawaii. For example, she said she would like to see more college students get involved with the homeless.
"I'm a very good collaborator," she said. "I'm a very good listener and I have come up with several ideas that I think will work with both instances where it won't cost the taxpayer much money."
In her first political race, Zanakis will not accept monetary donations because she said she would like to represent a kind of leadership the people would want.
"I am not taking any donations because I want to be owing to no one," she said. "I think too often people are in people's pockets."