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Rose Martinez
Former candidate for
Hawaii House of Representatives, District 40
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Rose Martinez was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 40 of the Hawaii House of Representatives. She ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in 2012.


Martinez's professional experience includes working as a community organizer, a legislative policy analyst, educator, and member of the West-Oahu City Council.[1]


Campaign themes


Martinez's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Waste Management

  • Excerpt: "I will work to bring the city to agree to a long-term 25 year waste management master plan. The plan should include creating greater incentives to encourage our citizens to recycle in greater quantities."

Bed-and-Breakfast Regulation

  • Excerpt: "I would favor greater enforcement of this industry given the excessive number of illegal bed and breakfast units throughout our county. Although this is a viable industry, the lack of enforcement has created a significant degree of hardships on various communities."

Rail Transit

  • Excerpt: "Although the recent change of leadership in the U.S House of Representatives will make federal funding more of a challenge, I am confident that through the continuing leadership of Senators Akaka and Inouye, that our county will get its fair share of federal funds for this project."

Affordable Housing

  • Excerpt: "As your councilmember I will work closely with the newly formed Office of Housing which would help assist in the formulation and execution of policies that would alleviate the homeless situation in West-Oahu and elsewhere in the county."

Responsible Government

  • Excerpt: "I supported the change of making the Liquor Commission Administrator an appointed position which gave the commission the authority to install and dismiss the administrator. This will bring comprehensive oversight and accountability to the liquor commission."

Economy & Jobs

  • Excerpt: "I would not support any increase in real property taxes but am open to increasing user fees for services that are currently being provided at nominal rates, in particular, to non-resident users."

Agricultural Lands

  • Excerpt: "The county should tighten the regulations so that we can ensure that agricultural lands are used for their intended purpose as opposed to 'gentlemen farms.' I am in strong support of creating incentives and legislative protections that preserve agricultural lands for agricultural purposes."

Community Building & West-Oahu

  • Excerpt: "While the West-Oahu community is faced with a great variety of issues that are of equal importance, we should be focusing on responsible development of the Secondary Urban Core. Proper infrastructure must be in place while bringing jobs and economic development along the transit corridor."



See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Hawaii House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Rose Martinez defeated Isaiah Nahakuokeola in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Bob McDermott was unopposed in the Republican primary. Martinez was defeated by McDermott in the general election.[3][4][5]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 40, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob McDermott Incumbent 62.3% 3,161
     Democratic Rose Martinez 37.7% 1,915
Total Votes 5,076
Hawaii House of Representatives, District 40 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRose Martinez 61.1% 1,404
Isaiah Nahakuokeola 38.9% 892
Total Votes 2,296


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Martinez ran in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 40. Martinez was defeated by Chris Kalani Manabat in the Democratic primary on August 11, 2012.[6][7]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 40 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Kalani Manabat 28.9% 783
Rose Martinez 21.5% 582
Romy Mindo 20.4% 553
Kurt Fevella 18.6% 503
Sam Puletasi 5.3% 144
Joe Rattner 5.2% 141
Total Votes 2,706



In 2014, Martinez's endorsements include the following:[8]

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