Stanley Chang seeks to unseat long time Republican senator

On Wednesday, former city councilman and Democrat Stanley Chang visited the Sunrise studio to speak with Steve Uyehara for his run this election season to take a seat that's for decades belonged to Republican state senator Sam Slom.

(Note: Senator Slom appeared on Sunrise and also spoke with Steve Uyehara on Tuesday.)

Although Chang has experience as a politician, he is less well-known among the locals compared to Slom, who's been in office for nearly 30 years.

That is why Chang says he's taken on a more hands-on approach in his campaign.

He says, so far, he's knocked on 15,000 doors, buying some valuable face time with the voters.

Among his achievements as a city councilman, he says he's supported bills that boosted city maintenance programs and banned smoking at parks, beaches and bus stops.

One of the main areas in which Chang differs from Slom is regarding the city's trouble-prone rail system.

Chang is in support of a full 20 mile route to Ala Moana, but he doesn't necessarily support extending rail tax.

Instead, he says, if elected, he will work to find creative ways to bring the rail's cost and time line back under control.

He did not give specific policy changes or roles he will assign, but he says too much of the project has already been built that turning back and scrapping the plan would not be a viable option.

You can vote in the race between Slom and Chang, along with many other races, on Nov. 8.

If Chang wins, then he would be unseating the only Republican in the Hawaii State Senate.

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