Matt LoPresti

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Matt LoPresti
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Candidate for
Hawaii House of Representatives, District 41
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Matt LoPresti is a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 41 of the Hawaii House of Representatives. He ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in 2012.


LoPresti's professional experience includes serving as the chair of the Asian and Pacific Studies Program and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Hawaii Pacific University. He received his Ph.D from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.[1]

Campaign themes

LoPresti's website has emphasized the following campaign themes:[2]

(1) Securing Quality Education and resources (like A/C and a second High School) for our keiki.

(2) Addressing Traffic as the number one quality of life issue.

(3) Ensuring that Quality Jobs & Affordable Housing are available for our working families.

(4) Supporting our kupuna with appropriate healthcare services and the ability to age in place.

(5) Protecting and preserving Hawaii’s natural beauty and resources for future generations.[3]


LoPresti has been endorsed by the following organizations:[4]

  • Equality Hawaii
  • Hawaii Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO
  • Hawaii Center for Food Safety
  • Hawaii Government Employees Association, AFSCME Local 152, AFL-CIO (HGEA)
  • Hawaii Optometric Political Action Committee
  • Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA)
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
  • International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU)
  • GLBT Caucus, Hawaii Democratic Party
  • Planned Parenthood Hawaii Action Network
  • Plumbers and Fitters UA Local 675
  • Progressive PAC
  • Sierra Club
  • State of Hawaii Police Officers Union (SHOPO)
  • Unite Here! Local 5
  • University of Hawaii Professional Assembly



See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Hawaii House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 9, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Rida Cabanilla Arakawa will face Matthew Lopresti in the Democratic primary, while Bryan E. Jeremiah will face Steve Wiggins in the Republican primary. Tom Berg is running as a Libertarian.[5]


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

LoPresti ran in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 41. LoPresti was defeated by District 42 incumbent Rida Cabanilla Arakawa in the Democratic primary on August 11, 2012.[6][7]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 41 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRida Cabanilla Arakawa Incumbent 59.9% 1,895
Matt LoPresti 40.1% 1,268
Total Votes 3,163

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