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Former Hawaiʻi County Council Member to Run for Rep Seat

February 2, 2018, 2:45 PM HST
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Brenda Ford. Courtesy photo.

Former Hawaiʻi County Council Member Brenda Ford pulled her nomination papers for State Representative – District 5 on Feb. 2, 2018.

District 5 includes the southern half of Kailua-Kona through Naʻalehu.

“We’re ready to go!”Ford said. “I’m humbled and thrilled by the community’s response to my candidacy. Having worked as a council member for eight years, I know how to research, draft, pass legislation, and I understand how government works. I know the needs of my district, and people are comfortable in calling to advise me of any issues that should be addressed. I believe my years of experience will help me succeed in assisting the people of my district and the Big Island.”

“Many problems face our island and I will work on solutions,” she says. “I will fight for a $15 minimum wage, permanent low-income rental housing, protection of our coffee industry with country of origin labeling, maximum funding for studies of Rat Lungworm Disease, faster state responses to medical emergencies like dengue fever, a new South Kona Police Station, and a state-of-the-art hospital near the Kona Airport to serve West Hawaiʻi. The old hospital can be used for skilled nursing care, long-term care, or even psychiatric care. I anticipate more jobs in the medical sector in our community.”

Ford supported in the past and believes in the need for more funding for anti-abuse training to reduce teen dating violence and domestic violence.

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Additionally, the Little Fire Ant has invaded West Hawaiʻi and is spreading. She believes that major efforts to control this vicious pest are needed, such as, passing a law to stop the importation of infected plants. She supports more agricultural inspectors statewide.

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Ford and her husband, Larry, have been married for 26 years and have three grown children. They own a small farm in Captain Cook where Larry grows lychee, papaya, bananas and a little
coffee for personal use. They have lived on the Big Island for 23 years.

Ford has a long history of community involvement, having volunteered for many years as a member and director of the Citizens for Equitable & Responsible Government, and the nonprofit environmental group, Plan To Protect. She is a volunteer Neighborhood Watch coordinator, and volunteer with the South Kona Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Ford’s accomplishments on the Hawaiʻi County Council include helping fund the West Hawaiʻi Community Health Center Keiki Dental Clinic, helping fund the battered women’s shelter, fund training for teens to recognize and avoid teen dating violence, helping start Ke Kama Pono (Boy’s Safe House in Captain Cook), voting for a bond to build the West Hawaiʻi Civic Center, and purchasing land for a new South Kona Police Station.

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She continued the work of previous council members to get the Laʻaloa Street extension completed.

She filed a redistricting lawsuit in 2001, which resulted in a fourth state Senator for Hawaiʻi Island in 2011.

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