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Representative Matt LoPresti forms exploratory committee for Senate bid

October 16, 2017 – Following the Ige administration’s announcement today of the release of $39 million for a new classroom building at James Campbell High School (JCHS), Representative Matt LoPresti announced the formation of an exploratory committee to investigate the possibility of running for Senate District 19 in 2018 should Senator Will Espero resign to run for Lieutenant Governor as he has indicated.

“Because of success like this and the millions more I’ve helped to secure for cooling our schools, many have urged me to run to represent all of Ewa in the Senate,” said Rep. LoPresti.  “Among other things, supporters have cited my role as a fiscal watchdog and as a fierce advocate for better schools, affordable housing, ethics reform, and statewide infrastructure improvements.”

Friends for Matthew LoPresti is seeking feedback regarding his possible run and urges those interested to contact them.

The $39 million in released funds will go to construction of the new building at JCHS.  It is planned to add approximately 30 classrooms to the campus and will feature multi-use rooms equipped for programs such as STEM, Hawaiian Studies, and Culinary Arts among other general coursework.  As a member of the House Finance Committee, Rep. LoPresti fought hard for the capital improvement funding in the legislature.

Governor David Ige thanked Rep. LoPresti for his work in appropriating the funding.  “Mahalo for your work on behalf of the residents of your district to secure these funds. Projects such as these are critical components of the public infrastructure and contribute to building a better hope for our kupuna, keiki, and all the residents of Hawai’i,” said Governor Ige.

MAHALO FOR YOUR VOTE & SUPPORT IN 2016

“Mahalo to all those who gave so much to my re-election bid. Your faith and dedication in me and my ability to represent the people of Ewa Beach inspired me everyday. Mahalo to all the canvassers, sign wavers, donors and mahalo to all the great questions people had about moving forward. This was a great experience and I cannot thank you all enough!”

– Matt

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(2016) “My name is Matt LoPresti and I humbly ask to continue to serve you in the Hawaii State House of Representatives. What makes me qualified to be your representative in the State House? Honesty, integrity, and effective leadership.”

  • FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY – As Vice-Chair of Transportation, Matt helped kill the proposed “triple tax” on vehicle gas, weight, and registration, and he scrutinized government spending as a member of the powerful Finance Committee.
  • ETHICS REFORM – Matt introduced House Bill 813(2015) to close a loophole that allowed legislators to use their official capacity for personal gain and House Bill 2512(2016) which holds homeowner association board members to ethical disclosure requirements to prevent and expose conflicts of interest.
  • SCHOOL FUNDING – Matt launched “Cool Schools 4 Ewa” funneling private fan donations to classrooms. He successfully pushed for millions in CIP for all public schools in District 41 this biennium including funding towards a new 30-classroom building at James Campbell High School and $100 million for air conditioning hot classrooms in Ewa and statewide.

“Your priorities are my priorities…

…because the job of an elected official is to represent you, not a political party, not special interests, and certainly not some personal agenda.  I pledge to continue to work harder, smarter, and ethically for our families, schools, kupuna, and keiki.”

-Rep. Matt LoPresti

EDUCATION
Matt will continue to successfully fight for our keiki in ‘Ewa public schools just as he has fought for millions in A/C improvements for ‘Ewa and ‘Ewa Beach Elementary and for a new classroom building at James Campbell High School.

TRAFFIC
The more jobs we have in West Oahu, the less traffic we will face. That is why Matt has and will continue to advocate for the Kapolei Jobs Initiative and work on common sense traffic solutions for those of us who work in town.

COST OF LIVING
Matt has and will continue to encourage real affordable housing solutions and as a member of the Finance Committee supported a record amount of unencumbered funds for the State to tackle this issue.

KUPUNA
Our seniors deserve proper healthcare and the ability to age in place. That is why the first legislation Matt ever signed was the Kupuna Care Act, a version of which became law.

ENVIRONMENT
Matt works to protect, preserve and restore our natural resources for future generations and introduced legislation that urges the State to study the decline of limu and rehabilitate Ewa’s near shore ecosystem.

mattSenInouyeIn addition to these vital issues, we need someone representing us who will be responsive to constituent needs and on top of important votes and debates that effect our families and our community. Matt has been and will continue to work with other lawmakers to grow better, higher-paying local jobs in Leeward Oahu for Leeward residents. Government services and infrastructure must keep pace with our astronomical growth in ‘Ewa and this can help alleviate our choking traffic as well.  Matt will fight to maintain essential services to ensure the health and safety of our community, such as Queen’s Medical Center West and ensure that police, fire, and emergency vehicle protections keep pace with the fastest growing community in the state.

In Matt’s time serving on the neighborhood board he successfully fought to bring The Bus service to the Ocean Pointe Community and brought about an increase in Police patrols to Hau Bush and ‘Ewa Beach. Matt has a strong record as a community advocate fighting to save taxpayer dollars and provide greater services where they are needed.

Vote for leadership with integrity.  Vote Matt LoPresti.

Mahalo.

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