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HONOLULU, HI -- Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress representing Hawaii's 1st Congressional District.

"It is critical to the future of Hawaii that we are represented by someone with a sustained commitment to fight for Hawaii's values in the United States Congress. As a lifelong Democrat, I am rooted in the belief that our best days are still ahead of us. Hawaii's number one export should not be its brightest young people. Our children deserve the same opportunities we've had -- a great education, quality job opportunities, and the chance to own a home and raise a family in the Hawaii we were raised in. We can be the center of innovation and entrepreneurship, and we can strengthen our pillars of tourism and defense. In the tradition of the Democratic party, I believe we need to put people first -- protect our middle class and keep the promises we have made to our kupuna."

A lifelong resident of the 1st Congressional District, Chang articulated his intention to work with President Obama in addressing the issues most important to Hawaii, stating "we will prioritize building an economy that can withstand the pressures of the 21st century by creating an education system that prepares students for the global marketplace, enacting a fair tax code that supports the middle class, and brining ‘green' jobs to Hawaii."

"We will run an honest campaign centered on the values of our Hawaii and the values of our Country, which made it possible for someone like me, the son of immigrants, to be standing here today. I thank the people of Hawaii for the opportunity to put myself and the values of our community forward."

On the Honolulu City Council, Stanley's dedication to improve the daily lives of residents lead to a record $100 million in road maintenance funding, a uniform policy for road repairs--prioritizing maintenance and saving taxpayers millions, and enhancing communication between constituents and the City to streamline responses to basic services.

A graduate of ‘Iolani School, Stanley went on to attend both Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Prior to his present service on the Honolulu City Council, Stanley practiced law at Cades Schutte in downtown, Honolulu.

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About Honolulu City Councilmember Stanley Chang
Hawaii Kai, Kuliouou, Niu Valley, Aina Haina, Wailupe, Waialae-Iki, Kalani Valley, Kahala, Wilhemina Rise, a portion of Kapahulu, a portion of Kaimuki, Diamond Head, Waikiki, and a portion of Ala Moana.

About Councimember Stanley Chang:
I'm lucky to have gone to some of the best schools in the world. But the most meaningful education I've ever received was in the values my parents instilled in me. Hard work. Responsibility. Humility. Honesty. These are some of the values that will guide me every day, in every decision I make, while serving on the City Council for District 4.

On the Council:
I chair the Public Works and Sustainability Committee of the City Council, which oversees roads, sewers, our water supply, waste disposal, and other basic infrastructure needs of the city. In addition, we are committed to a more environmentally sustainable city, focusing on net-zero waste generation and developing new sources of clean energy. I am vice chair of the Budget Committee, which oversees the $2 billion annual budget of the City and County of Honolulu.

Personal Background:
I'm a lifelong resident of City Council District 4. I was born in the old Kaiser Hospital in Waikiki, and I moved with my family into our present house in Kahala when I was still an infant. I attended Wai-Kahala Preschool and Kahala Elementary School, then 'Iolani School for middle and high school. I graduated at the top of my class and earned scholarships to attend Harvard College, where I graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in government. After working a year at SonyBMG Music Entertainment in New York, I continued my education at Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude. Most recently, I practiced law at Cades Schutte in downtown Honolulu, specializing in real estate law.

Community Service:
As an active member of our community, I am passionate about community service. In my capacity on the City Council, I currently serve on the boards of the National Association of Counties, the Hawaii State Association of Counties, the Waikiki Business Improvement District Association, the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, the Kapiolani Park Trust, and the Government and Public Utility Task Force. Previously, I served on the boards of the Organization of Chinese Americans, the Kahala Community Association, the Chinatown Business and Community Association, the Harvard Club of Hawaii, and Family Promise. In addition, I am a member of the Livable Hawaii Kai Hui, the Hawaii Economic Association, and the 'Iolani Alumni Association.

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