I ‘m Clayton Hee. You know 50 years ago my parents, both public school graduates struggled to buy a house where they raised a family.
Like many other local families, my father, a pipefitter for the Board of Water Supply, and my mother, a front office cashier for the Royal Hawaiian Hotel scrimped and saved their money to be sure that they could meet the costly demands of living in Hawaii an island community dependent on imported goods even in those days. And somehow our parents were able to make it having a small home to call their own.
Today, I often ask myself why is it that today’s high school graduates are not able to do what their parents did back then. Most people including teachers, fire fighters, construction workers and police officers simply aren’t able to afford a home like it was before. And that’s not right.
Today, government has misplaced its priorities while the cost of living has exponentially increased. Government projects like the rail system, which was originally touted as “on time” and “on budget” has been grossly mismanaged so that a 5 billion project is approaching 10 billion with no end in sight. Tax dollars that should be addressing our problems like health care, affordable housing and universal preschool aren’t being meaningfully addressed because projects like the rail are sucking up all the money – even from the neighbor island residents.
That’s why I’ve decided to run for Governor – to address these issues and more and to stop the madness in spending your hard earned money for projects that are out of control.
In the coming weeks you’ll hear more from me and what I propose to do to improve Hawaii so our future isn’t looking to relocate to places on the mainland because there’s no room for them in their homeland.
So join me. I’m Clayton Hee and I’m running for Governor.
Government has failed the people for too long. Itʻs time for bold, decisive leadership built on the values of aloha and accountability. Itʻs time for a peopleʻs champion.
Young people cannot afford to buy homes and families are ending up on the streets. We need a true living wage and an honest conversation about affordable housing.
Hawaii is a state that is aging. We need an infrastructure to support our kupuna and their caretakers.
Sea level rise is already washing away our roads. We need to do something about climate change today, not tomorrow.
We are in a healthcare crisis. The house is on fire and we are doing nothing. It is time to explore every option to identify the right solutions.
The cost of Rail is sucking up our entire budget, taking away from education, infrastructure and our social safety net while the rich get richer. The cost of rail has become an illness that has spread to every island, we need effective leadership that will ensure that this illness does not continue to spread.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
Hawaiʻi needs champion and a fighter for the people. Hawaiʻi needs a leader like Clayton Hee.
WHO IS CLAYTON HEE?
Clayton Hee is a native son of Hawaii. His mother, whose family is primarily from Kona and Waipi’o on the Big Island of Hawai’i, is of pure Hawaiian ancestry. His great-grandfather was a Chinese immigrant who arrived in the late 1800s to work on the sugar plantations.
Clayton Hee was raised in Kane’ohe in the same home where his father resides. He is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools where he served as the Student Body President as a Senior. He earned a B.A. from the University of Hawaii in 1975 and an M.A. in Pacific Island Studies in 1979. He also earned a professional degree from the college of education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
He was a public school teacher and former resident of Moloka’i. He also taught summer classes at his alma mater, Kamehameha Schools at Kapālama during the 1970s.
Clayton and his wife Lynne Waters, have a family farm in Ahuimanu. Originally from Texas, Lynne currently resides with her mother and commutes back and forth between Hawai’i and Texas where she is also the Vice President of Communications at the University of Texas at Arlington.
His son Ka’ohu is a graduate of Punahou School and earned his undergraduate degree at Princeton University and graduate degree at UCLA.
Clayton Hee has served in elected office for 28 years. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1982. That district included the islands of Moloka’i and Lana’i as well as the western part of Maui. He represented windward Oʻahu when elected as a state senator from 1984 to 1988 and 2004 through 2014. He served as the chairman of the State Senate’s Judiciary and Labor Committee and the Water, Land, Agriculture and Hawaiian Affairs committees. He also served as a Trustee for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs from 1990 thru 2002.
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