Birthplace: San Francisco
Terez M. Amato
Occupation: Small business owner providing accounting and customized business services
Education: St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School, 1993
Family: Single, four teenage children
Candidates for state Senate and House seats were all asked to answer:
* Hospital privatization. What is your position on the privatization of Maui Memorial Medical Center and the Hawaii Health System Corp.?
And, they were asked to choose and answer one of the following:
* Health Connector. What do you think of the state's rollout of the Health Connector? And what do you think should be done to "fix" it? Or should it be scuttled entirely?
* Political contributions. To what extent do you see political campaign contributions affecting Hawaii elections? Is there need for reform? If so, what would that be?
* Same-sex marriage. What do you think of the Hawaii Legislature's passage of a bill to legalize same-sex marriages? Is this the end of this issue?
* Electricity costs. Hawaii electricity consumers pay the highest power rates in the United States. What, if anything, can be done about this?
* Sunshine Law. Do you think Hawaii's Sunshine Law adequately protects the public's right to know? If not, what change is needed?
* State unfunded liabilities. Do you think enough is being done to address unfunded liabilities?
Hospital privatization: "The people of Maui need access to quality medical care. I support our hospitals forming partnerships with local hospital systems that we know and trust and that have a proven track record here in the state. A partnership with local hospital systems like Queen's or Hawai'i Pacific Health will ensure that we can maintain health services for the people of Maui, reduce taxpayer subsidies for our health care safety net, invest new resources to improve our hospitals, increase efficiency and meet our obligations to our hospital employees.
"The wrong thing to do is sell Maui's hospitals to Mainland corporations with no experience providing health care in Hawaii and no commitment to the people of Maui. Roz Baker supports legislation which would sell our hospitals out from under our workers without their consent and without input from our people, and would destroy thousands of good union jobs on Maui and leave our health care and hospital services in the hands of a Mainland corporation. Our right to quality, affordable, accessible health care is too important to risk handing over to a Mainland corporation with no real commitment to the people of Hawaii."
Political contributions: "Politicians who take money from corporations and lobbyists no longer work for the people. It's that simple. That's why I have pledged to the people of Hawaii that I will never take money from corporations or lobbyists, so the people of Maui will know that I am working only for them.
"When Roz Baker takes tens of thousands of dollars from corporations and lobbyists and then says it doesn't affect the way she does her job and her positions on the issues, she just isn't telling us the truth. Corporations and lobbyists buy access and influence with all that money, and a politician who takes that money isn't working for the people anymore, they are working to protect the interests of their big donors. Corporations give huge sums of money to Roz Baker, and in return they expect to be protected. That's what's going on in our government in Honolulu. It's a secret, exclusive club of politicians and lobbyists and they don't want us to know how it works. They want to keep doing business as usual, then persuade us to elect them again once every four years with slick ads and shiny mailers paid for by their corporate donors."