HAWAIIAN PARADISE PARK, Hawaii – Monday was the first day for potential candidates for public office to pull papers in order to run.
One of the very first to do so was Joy SanBuenaventura. She has her sights set on Puna’s statehouse seat currently held by Rep. Faye Hanohano.
We visited Joy at her Hawaiian Paradise Park home over the weekend, where she was particularly keen to show us around her sustainable backyard, alongside her husband Sheldon Lehman.
Puna transportation concerns top her legislative to-do list. SanBuenaventura has been a Big Island attorney for more than 30 years. The Democrat was also the youngest person in Hawaii to serve as a district per diem judge at the age of 32.
As a legislator, SanBuenaventura would push for alternative dispute resolution in Hawaii. She also has a number of ideas to help Hawaii’s “working poor”. Some of those proposals were introduced at her urging by Senator Gil Kahele, whom she campaigned for in 2012.
The state primary election will be on August 9th of this year.