Aloha, my name is Nicholas Love and I am running for Congress for the second district in Hawaii. I am excited for the opportunity to earn your trust and your vote so I can represent the unique needs of Hawaii to the federal government. I have the knowledge and skills necessary to reach across the aisle for bipartisan collaboration that will actually accomplish goals.
I have lived on Oahu from Wahiawa to town, to Kaneohe. And have served in churches, community organizations, and schools on the island. I now live on Maui and see the needs of those living on outer islands which are so often overlooked. I currently serve as a Chaplain in the Air National Guard, as an associate pastor at a church, and in a non-profit organization that fights human trafficking.
I moved to Hawaii over a decade ago, and in that time I fell in love with these islands, it’s people, and my wife who was born and raised here.
As a Christian, it is essential to love mercy and do justice. I am learning about injustices perpetrated against the Nation of Hawaii and the native Hawaiian people. A lover of justice, I want to help right those wrongs. I am starting by listening and learning. I am grateful to have strong educated Hawaiians around me who are enlightening me about the history of Hawaii and sharing their mana’o about how to make things right. I want to make it clear. I am not the leader or representative of Native Hawaiians, but if I am elected to Congress, I will use that platform to advocate for the goals of Native Hawaiians and their advocacy groups.
Many residents of Hawaii have found the dream of owning a home to be out of reach. We, who live and work here, who invest in, and are connected to this place, are priced out of land and homes by foreign buyers. An important goal of mine is to eradicate purchases of Hawaii’s land by foreigners. Tourists come and enjoy the beauty of Hawaii while many residents struggle with the high cost of living and concerns about sustainability.
The coronavirus pandemic illuminated for us the importance of being able to provide our own food and supplies. We saw empty store shelves and realized how much we rely on foreign goods. Agriculture is essential and I will support diversifying Hawaii’s industry through investment in local agriculture.
I’m a regular person. I have student loans, my wife is a small business owner, I have a dream of homeownership, I have a young family with children who will be attending public school in Hawaii. I have a vested interest in improving the quality of life for regular people because I am one of them. What Hawaii needs is political representatives who are in touch with the needs of the community they represent, not living far above the means of the average person. I am running a grassroots movement with no big donors, no lobbyist groups, just the support of people in the community who know me and believe in me. I’ve done this for a reason. I don’t want to be like so many others in governmental leadership who are in the pockets of big business and public unions.
My wife and I come from entrepreneurial families- small business owners who started out humbly and built their businesses into something that sustained them, provided for their children, something they could be proud of! Hawaii is one of the hardest places to have a small business, and I know this first-hand. I want to revive the entrepreneurial spirit of people in Hawaii and help minimize some of the regulations and red tape that make it so difficult for small businesses to succeed.
Another important goal is to improve Hawaii’s ailing public school system by allowing school choice. When school choice is in place, families, not the government, get to choose which school is best for their children. Additionally, it allows schools to invest their funds and energies where they see fit. This enables schools to shine in different areas and draw in students based on their interests. More options for students and families and more options for schools will contribute to a better educational experience for students in Hawaii!
I believe in common-sense gun laws and the importance of the second amendment. People should be able to hunt and protect themselves.
Life is precious. We are all made in the image of God and every single person has inherent rights and value no matter what age or stage of development they are in. While I am pro-life, I recognize that there are many challenges that come along with unexpected pregnancies. I believe that by bolstering community support, we can take care of vulnerable mothers and children so that they feel empowered to carry their pregnancies to term and parent their children or allow another family desiring adoption to have the privilege of raising a precious baby.
I invite anyone and everyone to reach out to me sharing what matters to you and what ideas you have to solve some of the challenges our communities face. I believe that together, we can make Hawaii a better, more sustainable place for the residents of Hawaii.
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