Gil Riviere is announcing his candidacy to represent the residents and communities of Oahu’s North Shore in the House of Representatives for District 46.

“Foremost on everyone’s mind is the weak economy and the inability of government to provide essential services like a complete educational year for our public school children,” says Riviere. “Systemic problems have finally caught up to us, and we now have a rare opportunity to make difficult, but critical changes that have eluded us for too long.”

Riviere notes that new agencies and departments created by the Legislature often duplicate services already provided by other agencies and departments. Each of these incremental additions to the size of government adds to our high cost of living, inefficient government and lack of a diversified, sustainable economy.

The North Shore has many on-going challenges such as fallow agricultural lands and pressure to develop them, limited housing and inadequate infrastructure. “Our district needs a strong and clear voice in support of local agriculture and better paying jobs in alternative energy research and production. Statewide, we need leaders committed to reducing the unnecessarily high cost of living from government inefficiency, and who are serious about getting the public education system out of its current mess,” says Riviere.

Gil Riviere has provided a strong and clear voice for the North Shore on several important issues. He helped champion a new traffic project at the Laniakea bottleneck as Chair of the Neighborhood Board’s Traffic Committee. He is helping restore Waialua Little League as a thriving youth sports program. With Keep the North Shore Country, he is fighting to prevent catastrophic traffic and environmental impacts from 3500 new resort units proposed at Turtle Bay. Through Let’s Surf Coalition, he protects recreational access to popular surf spots.

When not volunteering for the community or working in the mortgage business, Riviere spends time with family and friends, surfs and plays baseball. He lives and works on the North Shore and is easy to talk with about concerns and solutions.

House District 46 includes the communities of Laie, Kahuku, Sunset Beach, Pupukea, Haleiwa, Waialua, Poamoho and Kunia Camps, Wheeler and Schofield. More information about Gil’s 2010 Campaign for the House is at http://www.GilRiviere.com

‘Joseph Grassadonia is a volunteer with Gil Riviere’s campaign’

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