It’s every citizen’s right…and privilege to vote. Some are committed to putting their own names on the ballot for an upcoming election of community representatives.
“It’s very important that we represent what they call the little guy,” says Chuck Prentiss of the Kailua Neighborhood Board.
With the neighborhood board election just a few months away, Chuck Prentiss, who sits on the Kailua board is concerned about voter turnout because of a new system.
“We’re kind of a guinea pig for an online election. We’re the only online election and a lot of people don’t or aren’t used to voting in an online election,” says Prentiss.
Prentiss says there has also been little advertisement about the upcoming election which could also impact the amount of residents applying for a seat.
“So, a lot of people who might be interested in becoming a candidate don’t even know that there’s a possibility of getting on the neighborhood board because they don’t know an election is coming up,” says Prentiss.
The Kaimuki Christian Church and School is where the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board holds their monthly meeting. It’s an eleven member board but right now, there are 4 vacancies.
“It would be great to be able too do business and to have the presence and the opinions and the knowledge of a full board,” says Kaimuki Neighborhood Board Member, Marilyn Moniz-Kahoohanohano.
Both board members we spoke to believe vacancies are created when there are fewer issues impacting those communities.
“In Kaimuki, we’re going to be looking especially at preserving the character of our neighborhood. we believe we have one of the best neighborhoods on the island,” says Moniz-Kahoohanohano.
“We are very interested in Kailua about sustainable communities plan and about the future of the community in terms of keeping it a residential community,” says Prentiss.
Both Prentiss and Moniz-Kahoohanohano hope the city will do more to let the public know that there’s another big election coming up soon and encourage Oahu residents to become a voice in their community
“It doesn’t take much to qualify. it’s just a little time and energy and you get to know your neighbors and know the issues and so, it’s really good,” says Moniz-Kahoohanohano
For more information on how you can apply to become a candidate and how to vote online. You can visit the as seen section on KITV.com. February 20th is the for Neighborhood Board candidates to file for election.