“I am for the people,” Hanabusa says on her
Web site: “I am a strong supporter of civil rights, of
women’s issues, and the issues facing the elderly. I
understand that health care is one of the biggest issues facing
our country and our state. I also understand business, and
the need to provide jobs for Hawai‘i’s people.”
Matt Matsunaga is the son of former U.S. Senator Spark Matsunaga.
Born on O‘ahu, Matsunaga was raised in Maryland, received
a degree in accounting from Bucknell University, and worked as
a CPA for Price Waterhouse.
After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center, Matsunaga
returned to Hawai‘i in 1985 and became a partner at the
law firm of Carl Smith Ball LLP. He served in the State Senate
for 10 years in the 1990s. Matsunaga ran in the 2nd congressional
race in 2003, but was unsuccessful. Now, he is a partner at the
firm of Schlack Ito Lockwood Piper & Elkind.
Matsunaga supports renewable energy and small businesses; he
opposes Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy.