Editor’s note: For Hawaii’s Aug. 9 primary, Civil Beat asked candidates to answer some questions.

The following came from Joy Allison, a nonpartisan candidate for the U.S. Senate. Three Democrats are also running, along with four Republicans, one Libertarian and one other nonpartisan candidate.

Go to Civil Beat’s Elections Guide for general information, and check out other candidates on the Primary Election Ballot.

Name: Joy Allison
Office: U.S. Senate
Party: Nonpartisan
Profession: Self-employed
Education: Pepperdine University
Age: 43

Joy Allison

1. Why are you running for the U.S. Senate?

I get this question a lot and it seems rhetorical to me but I’m running for the Senate because I want to be a senator.

2. Do you believe climate change is real? If so, what can the United States do to control carbon emissions?

Yes. The climate changes every day, all day long. It was a lot cooler this morning and will be cooler tonight. Unless the U.S. takes over China and India, the U.S. can do nothing meaningful about carbon emissions. Better luck stopping the emissions from a volcano.

3. Where do you draw the line between the government’s national security needs and the privacy of its citizens?

Warrantless searches and search warrants issued by secret courts based on hearsay are not acceptable in a free country.

4. Under what circumstances should America go to war?

If the U.S. or its citizens are in direct danger

5. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — how should the government continue to support these entitlements? Are reforms necessary?

Americans citizens are entitled to the money they paid into the system. Reforms in the system such as creating a more efficient system and eliminating fraud are neccessary.

6. Congress has struggled in recent years to reach agreement on budget deficits, the national debt and spending in general. What would be your approach to fiscal matters?

Foreign citizens/countries are not entitled to our money. I would work to drastically reduce the amount of money we give away, especially since it’s borrowed. Why did the government pay $2 billion for Ukraine’s fuel bill? Why did we give Russia $400 million in military aid alone in 2012? Plus another $130 million in other aid? Charity begins at home.

7. It has been difficult to bridge the partisan divide in Washington lately. How would you make a difference?

As a non-partisan candidate my only loyalty is to my constituents. I would only promote/support legislation that helps them.

8. What is your policy on immigration?

Our current officials have no interest in addressing it because it’s useful as an election issue. I believe the first step is to close the border. They’re all too busy arguing over how to close the door instead of closing it and stop the bleeding. We built the Hoover Dam. We can build a wall.

9. What is your view of the role of the U.S. military in the islands?

They serve a vital role as the most western base on US soil to promote our security in the Pacific Basin. They also serve as a major component of Hawaii’s economy. I just wish the administration would stop kicking the military in the teeth and treat them with the respect they deserve. I will always support the military.

10. What other important issue would you like to discuss here?

I believe in term limits. I will serve only one full term if re-elected after winning the special election. I believe that a maximum of two terms for senators and six terms for representatives is needed. This will not require any changes to the Constitution. The founding fathers never meant politics to be a career.