Mahalo to those who came to my coffee hours and brought their wish lists for our community!
Mahalo to those who came to my coffee hours and brought their wish lists for our community!

Election 2016: candidate Marilyn B. Lee (D), District 36


Full Name: Marilyn Brenda Lee
Name on Ballot: Marilyn B. Lee
Age: 76
Political Party: Democrat
Running For: House
District: 36
Email Address:
Current Job: Community volunteer
Place of birth: Schenectady N.Y. (lived in Hawaii 36 years, and married to a local for 45 years)
Campaign website:

Job history past 10 years:
2006-2012: State representative
2012-2016: Community volunteer

Ever run for public office? If so, when? Outcome?
1996-2012: won eight times, lost last two times

Other civic experience or community service?

  • President, Soroptimist of Central Oahu (all activities are current)
  • Vice Chairwoman, Neighborhood Board No. 25
  • Member, School Community Council at Mililani High School
  • Board, Friends of Mililani Public Library
  • Board, Friends of Hawaii State Center for Missing Children
  • Member, Mililani Lions

Anything else you’d like voters to know about you?

  • Lived in the same house in the district 36 years
  • 40 years professional practice as a registered nurse
  • Former Navy nurse
  • 2016 Leader Luncheon awardee
  • Mother of four and grandmother of eight
  • Lived abroad in Korea, Philippines and Taiwan
  • Avid gardener and good cook.
  • Love Hawaii.

What makes you qualified to be a state representative?
A veteran of 16 years service in the state House, serving as majority floor leader and vice chairwoman of House Finance Committee. Passed many bills; brought home many projects to the community. Willing to embrace change and work across the aisle. Know community and legislative history. Respected member of my community.

Gov. Ige says he will once again propose increases to the state gas tax, vehicle weight tax and state registration fees to help pay for state road projects. Do you support his proposal?
Depletion of the highway funds is both a national and state problem. I agree we need to be able to pay for repair and maintenance and new projects, but we must look at all possible sources of new revenue before we act. The governor is correct to be concerned.

If the Legislature is again asked to extend Oahu’s half-percent excise tax surcharge to finance construction or operation of the rail system, would you support such an extension?
I want transit to succeed, and proceed to Ala Moana. The Legislature should give back the 10 percent it withholds for administration, and encourage the federal government to give more. The private sector should be called upon to help develop stations. The rail tax will eventually need to be extended further.

Should the state play a role in cracking down on illegal vacation rentals in Hawaii?
Absolutely, because we need rental properties to be available for local residents first, rather than cater to offshore interests. The governor was correct to propose a veto of Bill 1850, which would open up our neighborhoods to illegal B and Bs. We should consider all options to accommodate houseless citizens.

Should the Legislature require that police officers in Hawaii use “body cameras,” and help to fund the use of those cameras?
Most police officers do a great job, but there is an element who needs improvement. Body cameras would protect both. Although the police departments are administered by the counties, the state should encourage the use of cameras, as this is a matter of public safety and prevention of liability.

Dozens of police officers in Hawaii are disciplined each year for committing crimes or violating departmental policies, but little information is released about the officers or their cases. Do you think there needs to be greater public disclosure?

— Honolulu Star-Advertiser, July 30, 2016


Marilyn's Endorsements

The following groups have endorsed Marilyn's 2016 candidacy for the State House of Representatives, District 36.

  • ILWU (both units)
  • Sierra Club
  • HGEA
  • UPW
  • Progressive Caucus
  • Planned Parenthood
  • National Association of Social Workers

Star-Advertiser endorses Marilyn for District 36 (Mililani-Mililani Mauka-Waipio Acres

Honolulu Star-Advertiser, July 27, 2016 — Two Democrats are vying here hoping to challenge Beth Fukumoto Chang, the Republican House minority leader. Most deserving of that opportunity is Marilyn B. Lee, the area’s representative for 16 years before losing to Fukumoto Chang in 2012. A registered nurse for more than 40 years, Lee tried a comeback in 2014, but that failed effort didn’t dampen her community spirit.

She is vice chairwoman of the area’s neighborhood board and a member of a handful of nonprofit groups. She also is on the state Commission on the Status of Women. She is regarded as a liberal, but her thoughts on issues suggest she can be open-minded and practical when needed. Read more

YWCA of Oahu Honors Marilyn Lee

MILILANI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former state lawmaker is one of the outstanding women being recognized this year by the YWCA of Oahu. Read more

Marilyn Is...

with grandson Vaughn
  • Navy Veteran

  • Registered Professional Nurse

  • Community Supporter

  • Education Advocate

  • Effective Legislator

  • International Fellow/Scholar

  • Family is everything