Editor’s Note: In July 2012, Civil Beat sent six questions to each of the candidates registered to run in the Aug. 11 primary for Hawaii State House of Representatives District 43. Four out of six candidates responded, including Glenn Butler. The questions and answers are reproduced below in full. Read responses by his competitors, Hanalei Aipoalani, Cynthia Rezentes, and Tercia Ku. Karen Awana and Leslie Gomes-McKeague did not send in their questionnaires. Click on each topic listed below to read Civil Beat’s question and Butler’ response.

Preferred Candidate Name: Glenn V. Butler

Senate/House District Number: House District 43

Date of Birth: 07/15/1952

Place of Birth/Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Current Profession/Employer: Realtor Associate

Education/Alma Mater(s): BS in Business from Wayland Baptist University

1. With the exception for Honolulu rail, the state has not raised the general excise tax in decades. Would you consider increasing the GET to help the state meet its budget demands?

Yes. ↩ back to top

2. Lawmakers proposed relaxing environmental regulatory review to spur development and job growth in the 2012 session, and the issue is expected to resurface next year. Where do you stand?

I’m all for development and job growth for Hawaii. But I’d be concerned about environmental health and safety, for example, the concerns raised with the proposed Level 3 Bio Lab in Kalaeloa. ↩ back to top

3. Gambling — are you for it or against it? If not, why not? If so, what type of gambling and with what kind of restrictions?

I am against legalized gambling in Hawaii. Las Vegas is billed as “Sin City”. An unfitting comparison for a state with a motto of “The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness”! Legalized gambling is just one more step closer to the defilement of this great state. ↩ back to top

4. The Sunshine Law is a hallmark of an open democracy accountable to its citizens. Yet, the Legislature exempts itself from this requirement. Do you support more transparency in government operations, or are there legitimate reasons to conduct some of the people’s business behind closed doors?

I definitely support more transparency…as well as accountability. ↩ back to top

5. What is the best legislation — and worst legislation — that the Legislature has approved in recent years? Please explain.

Of the most recent legislation that I see has been approved, I’d say the best ones are those regarding selection or election of the BOE, and the one establishing a minimum number of days of school. Anything that can be done to improve and enhance our school system, especially with regard to increasing the academic abilities of our children.

As for the worst legislation approved in recent years, although I’m sure there probably has been a few, one doesn’t particularly stick out in my memory, or come to mind. I’m not sure of exactly where legislation is with regard to the rail system. But I hear more negative, than positive, about that, and it seems to be one of the worst things going now. ↩ back to top

6. What is an issue that you would champion at the Legislature — one that perhaps has not received much attention, or an issue that is important to your district?

It’s difficult to be limited to just one issue, with so many areas needing to be addressed! If I may, I’d at least tie together the areas of government reform; economic recovery and creation of more jobs. ↩ back to top