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Marx files Congressional nomination papers


Bob Marx, candidate for Hawaii’s Second Congressional District, has filed nomination papers with the Office of Elections. Marx is the only candidate from a neighbor island.

Marx spoke to a group of people this week in Keaau, discussing the problems faced by areas on the neighbor islands and in rural Oahu.

“I am not running because I see an easy opportunity to win,” Marx said. “I am running because I too am fed up with the problems in infrastructure, education, and unemployment we face.”

Marx also discussed Hawaii’s major infrastructure problems on Kauai radio program “Soap Box Live.” Marx noted infrastructure problems are not limited in scope to Oahu; rather, all of the islands need infrastructure upgrades. One of the key problems identified is the lack of alternate routes to some communities — and in times of emergency, traffic and gridlock has the potential to endanger lives.

As a small business owner himself, Marx discussed the nature of Hawaii’s faltering economy with Philip Matlage, owner of a small farm in Puna.

“If we create tax incentives [for local businesses] we can alleviate some of the burden,” Marx said. “Unlike the career politicians in the race, I know what hard work is like.”

In a prior press release, Marx discussed the nature of his early jobs, which included jobs in the construction sector and working as a Teamster in Local 670.

Marx’s campaign manager Jose Casey remarked on how the race was progressing; noting “[Bob] has surged ahead in many key districts where we expected more opposition.”

Marx, a Hilo attorney and long-time community activist, is running against several Honolulu residents for the open seat. Marx lives in the district and is the only candidate in the race from a county other than Honolulu.

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