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Ron Menor: Candidate Profile

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by Marvin Buenconsejo

(KHNL) - Born in Hilo, the 50-year year old congressional candidate is the son of the late state senator and state supreme court justice, Ben Menor.

Menor has spent the past 22 years helping shape Hawaii's laws at the state legislature. And now, he wants to take the wealth of experience to Capitol Hill.

He is best known for being the driving force behind the controversial gas cap law.

The Iolani school graduate went on to receive his bachelors degree at UCLA, before earning his law degree at Georgetown University.

With Ron Menor, the bottom line "is" the bottom line. Menor has built a reputation for helping Hawaii's consumers

" And I think that sort of a track record is making my candidacy so much more appealing to the voters of the Second Congressional District" said Menor.

Menor has authored bills aimed at improving Hawaii's health care system as well as reform automobile insurance.

But, he will forever be linked to the controversial gas cap law. The legislature repealed the law last spring, after eight months of price convulsions.

"I took the position that I did because I thought we were doing the right thing on behalf of consumers."

But a recent analysis by our news partner, the Honolulu Advertiser indicated we may have enjoyed lower gas prices this summer had the gas cap remained in effect.

"I think that now that the price cap has been suspended for several months, that many people are starting to realize that we did, in fact, take the right position."

Besides a bit of controversy, Menor's campaign also features some historic flair. If elected, he would become the first full-blooded Filipino-American elected to Congress.

"Many have told me that my election would exemplify the great strides that we have made as Filipinos in all areas of life. So, there's no question that my election would be an historic achievement."

And only history will tell.

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