Running for: State Representative, District 13 (East Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai)
Running against: Simon S. Russell
Electoral Win/Loss Record: 3/1
First electoral victory: 2006
Supports: Organized labor, affordable health care access, GMO food labeling
Opposes: Environmental degradation, bullying, campaign spending reports
Gets campaign donations from: HMSA PAC, ILWU Local 142, Ironworkers for Better Government Local 625, Castle & Cooke Legislative Committee
Mele Carroll is a decent enough legislator. She’s a reliable vote for workers’ rights and GMO food labeling, but has also introduced legislation to criminalize schoolyard bullying. Carroll also cannot for the life of her get a campaign finance report filed on time. The state Campaign Spending Commission has fined her again and again and still she can’t do it. Her supporters are always ready with excuses (she was ill, it’s not that important, etc.) but there’s a definite incongruity between the image of an experienced legislator who has mountains of previous state and county experience and the candidate who, election after election, cannot meet simple deadlines for reporting how much money her campaign took in and how she spent it.