Bob Marx, neighbor island candidate for Hawai‘i’s 2nd Congressional District, received his Official Nomination Papers earlier today for his bid on the open U.S. Congress seat vacated by Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat formally held by Senator Daniel Akaka.
The 2nd Congressional District represents rural Oahu and the neighbor islands. Mr. Marx, a Hilo attorney and long-time community activist, is running against former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Honolulu Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard, Esther Kia‘aina and Rafael del Castillo for the open seat race. Marx actually lives in the district and is the only Candidate in the race from an island other than Oahu.
Two of his opponents in this race do not even reside within the 2nd Congressional District, although as Marx pointed out, “they may be able to see it from their condos.” The other two opponents currently lack viability and financial backing. Bob Marx is from the 2nd District and will fight for the 2nd District. “For years, politics in Hawai‘i has been too Honolulu-centric, and I want to change that. Having lived in Hilo, Hawai‘i for 32 years as a Trial Lawyer, I know the challenges that face small business owners on the neighbor islands,” Marx stated. “I promise to fight for the working class and stand up against corporate interests.”
Many of the issues that face the constituents on the outer islands and rural Oahu are not the same as the ones that face the residents of Honolulu. Lack of adequate public transportation and lack of energy and agricultural sustainability, have crippled many of the small towns and cities on Kaua‘i, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, Maui, Oahu and the Big Island. “As your Congressman, I promise to fight for local farmers who are in need of agricultural loans and subsidies. I promise to hold the Government accountable and increase funding for energy sustainability.”
“We have the technology to decrease our dependence on imported oil, yet the Government continues to support the Big Oil business with millions of dollars in subsidies every year. We need to invest in our future – a future filled with green energy, environmental accountability, expanding our education system, and ensuring that all citizens are guaranteed the same rights under the law. The future of our children and grandchildren depend on that,” Marx concluded.