by Joann Shin
(KHNL) - Lately, down time is rare for Gary Hooser and his family.
He's had to do a lot of traveling to get his name and message out.
"Flying around, the accessibility, the time it takes is a big challenge, but I love where I live,"said Hooser, a 2nd Congressional District candidate.
Hooser has called Kauai home for more than 25 years.
Gary Hooser is the only congressional candidate from a neighbor island and his campaign headquarters is right here in Lihue, Kauai.
Hooser says his Garden Isle roots give him a keen understanding of this district.
He explained, "60 percent of this district is the neighbor islands and being from Kauai I'm touched with those values more so than the other candidates and those issues are preserving the environment, supporting agriculture and rural health care."
One of the most important issues to Hooser is accessibility to affordable health care.
He said, " People should not be able to go to the doctor because they can't afford it."
He also supports the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq.
"We need to work toward peace in Iraq. We need to declare a cease fire and begin negotiations and bring in international partners."
As vice-chair of the Hawaii Senate Education committee, Hooser says the "No Child Left Behind Act" is earning a failing grade.
"It is a burden on teachers and schools, on everyone. My first choice would be to repeal it, but if the federal government is not going to repeal it the least they can do is fund it," Hooser said.
Hooser hopes his next move is to the nation's capitol.
"I think what we're looking for is someone who has a fire in their belly and is going to fight for them to make the nation a better place," said Hooser.
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