HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Democratic Honolulu City Councilmember Stanley Chang said Thursday if he's elected to represent Hawaii's First Congressional District, he would live up to his "Agenda for Change" mantra by keeping Hawaii at the forefront of a progressive movement.
"We're the first state to legalize a woman's right to choose, the first state to legalize marriage equality or to recognize marriage equality," Chang said. "We want to keep that progressive momentum going by doing things like making it easier for students to get low interest rates on student loans, free years of college tuition in exchange for national service. We also want to be doing things like taking real action on climate change and immigration reform."
At 31 years old, he said he would bring fresh ideas to Congress by representing young people, but also maintaining a focus on older adults.
"I'm a young, fresh ideas candidate for this race and I want to fight for things like creating good jobs in new industries for young people," Chang said. "I'm the only candidate who's pushed never, ever to cut social security and medicare for seniors, so those are some the values and ideas that we want to be fighting for in Congress."
During the live interview with Tannya Joaquin, Chang also addressed tax loopholes, the conflict in Iraq, defense spending, healthcare and veterans affairs. Citing his Honolulu City Council campaign in which he knocked on 19,000 doors, he said he would keep the same approach in the upcoming Congressional race.
"We're knocking on doors all over the island to take the message individually, person-to-person, because I think that's the best way to do it," Chang said.