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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Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love Flickr: James Cridland

Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love

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

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