Will Espero

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Will Espero is the Majority Floor Leader in the Hawaii State Senate. He represented District 20, which stretched from lower Waipahu to Ewa Beach, where Espero resides. Due to the reapportionment of Hawaii’s districts, Espero is running for the District 19 seat in the 2012 elections to continue to represent Ewa Beach. He will face Roger Lacuesta, a fellow Democrat, in the August 11 primary.

Espero is a member of the committees on Ways and Means, and Transportation and International Affairs. As chair of the Committee on Public Safety, Government Operations, and Military Affairs, he has advocated for judicial reform.

Espero was born on a U.S. naval base on November 6, 1960 in Yokosuka, Japan. He studied Business Administration at Seattle University, graduating with a B.A. in 1982.


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Will Espero

November 2017

Tuesday, November 21

Hawaii Teacher: Talking Politics At Campbell High School

September 2017

Monday, September 11

Pod Squad: Why Will Espero Wants To Be Our LG

Friday, September 1

Hanabusa Gears Up For Gubernatorial Race Against Ige

March 2017

Tuesday, March 28

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Still Chilly To Police Reform

January 2017

Wednesday, January 18

Senator: ‘Silent’ Police Commission Should Stay Quiet A Bit Longer

July 2016

Wednesday, July 13

Why Hawaii Has A Double Standard On Isolating Prisoners

June 2016

Thursday, June 23

Hawaii First State To Link Firearms Owners To FBI Database

Monday, June 20

Hawaii Doesn’t Know If Prisoners Sent To Mainland Are Likelier To Reoffend

May 2016

Tuesday, May 31

Why Is It So Hard To Pass Police Reform In Hawaii?

Wednesday, May 25

Is Hawaii Really Saving Millions By Using A Mainland Prison?

Wednesday, May 18

Hawaii Keeps Secret What Happens In Its Private Prison

Monday, May 16

Future Of Hawaii Capitol’s Reflecting Pools Is As Murky As The Water

Monday, May 9

Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love

April 2016

Monday, April 25

Prison Officials Quietly Move To Extend An Out-Of-State Contract

Monday, April 18

Is The Proposed Review Of Police Killings Just ‘Window-Dressing’?

Friday, April 8

How Did A Man Lose His Fingers And Feet To A Jailhouse Infection?

February 2016

Wednesday, February 10

‘We Need To Speak Out’: Lawmaker Fights For Police Reform

December 2015

Wednesday, December 23

Should State Profit From Exorbitant Cost Of Prison Phone Calls?

August 2015

Tuesday, August 25

Inmate Work Furlough Program: Statistical Success or a Public Danger?

Monday, August 17

What’s Happening to Hawaii’s Push for Criminal Justice Reform?

Monday, August 3

Ige: Number of Hawaii Prisoners Incarcerated in Arizona Will Go Up Before it Goes Down

September 2014

Friday, September 5

Hawaii Capitol to Prepare for ‘Active Shooter’ Scenario

April 2014

Thursday, April 24

Hawaii Takes ‘A Big Step’ in Making Police More Accountable for Misconduct

March 2014

Thursday, March 20

Honolulu Police Want to Keep Misconduct Away From Public Scrutiny

Tuesday, March 11

Prison Builders: Hawaii’s Billion Dollar Problem

February 2014

Wednesday, February 5

Can Misconduct Bill ‘Validate’ Public Trust in Hawaii Police?

January 2014

Friday, January 31

Hawaii Lawmaker Wants New Statewide Agency To Monitor Police

July 2012

Monday, July 30

Will Espero’s Hawaii Senate District 19 Survey