Mayoral candidate Ann Kobayashi shares her reasons for running

Ann Kobayashi
Ann Kobayashi

By Diane Ako - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Ann Kobayashi knows she has a tough battle for mayor. Though the incumbent has a substantially larger war chest, she says her campaign is powered by the people.

"The grassroots network is out there. We're reaching out to people and it's really heart warming," said Kobayashi. "We have a lot of volunteers."

She got into the election because of the mass transit debate.

"What is the cost of construction? Will we have enough money to finish the project?" said the mayoral candidate.

She favors rubber on concrete.

"We just don't want steel on steel trains going through our city when there are alternatives at less than half the cost," said Kobayashi.

What to do about Oahu's full landfill is another hot issue. She wants to close it and beef up H-power.

"The community was promised that the landfill would be closed. Mufi is trying to expand the landfill," she said.

Lowering property taxes,conserving water,and resurfacing roads are other issues on her agenda, which she hopes will resonate with the voters come election day.