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William Espero
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Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, Hawaii District 1
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Hawaii State Senate District 19
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
November 8, 2016
Years in position 12
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$57,852/year
Per diem$175/day off Oahu; $10/day on Oahu
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Hawaii House of Representatives
1999 - 2002
Education
Bachelor'sSeattle University (1982)
Personal
BirthdayNovember 6, 1960
Place of birthYokosuka, Japan
CandidateVerification
William C. 'Willie C.' Espero is a Democratic member of the Hawaii State Senate, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. He currently serves as Majority Floor Leader.

Espero was a Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2014 elections. He ran in the 1st Congressional District of Hawaii.[1][2][3] He was defeated by Mark Takai in the Democratic primary on August 9, 2014.[4]

Espero served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1999 to 2002.

Biography

Espero earned his B.A. in Business Management from Seattle University in 1982.

Espero professional experience includes working as Executive Secretary for the City and County of Honolulu Neighborhood Commission from 1987 to 1994, Operations Coordinator for the Coalition for a Drug Free Hawaii in 1995, Property Manager for Chaney, Brooks and Company from 1995 to 1996, General Manager of Ewa by Gentry Community Association from 1996 to 2000 and Community Relations Manager for D.R. Horton - Schuler Division from 2005 to 2007.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Espero served on the following committees:

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, Chair
Transportation and International Affairs
Ways and Means

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Espero served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Espero served on these committees:

Elections

2014

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Hawaii, 2014

Espero ran for election to the U.S. House, representing the 1st Congressional District of Hawaii.[5][6][7] He was defeated by Mark Takai in the Democratic primary on August 9, 2014.[4]

U.S. House, Hawaii District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Takai 44.5% 52,713
Donna Kim 28.4% 33,649
Stanley Chang 10.2% 12,129
Ikaika Anderson 6.7% 7,928
Will Espero 3.8% 4,553
Joey Manahan 3.8% 4,484
Kathryn Xian 2.6% 3,037
Total Votes 118,493
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

2012

See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Espero won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii State Senate District 19. Espero defeated Roger Lacuesta in the August 11 Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

Hawaii State Senate, District 19 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWill Espero Incumbent 81.4% 4,449
Roger Lacuesta 18.6% 1,018
Total Votes 5,467

2010

See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2010

Espero won re-election to the 20th District seat in 2010. He defeated Celeste Lacuesta and Sam Puletasi in the September 18 primary. Espero defeated Anel Montes (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[10]

Hawaii State Senate, District 20
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png William Espero (D) 7,863 59.5%
Anel Montes (R) 4,814 36.4%

2006

On November 7, 2006, Espero won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate from Hawaii's 20th Senate District. Espero received 6,316 votes, defeating Jeff Alexander (R), who received 3,789 votes. Additionally, 269 "Blank" votes and 3 "Other" votes were cast in the election.[11] Espero raised $40,375 for his campaign; Alexander raised $20,425.[12]

Hawaii State Senate, District 20 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png William Espero (D) 6,316 60.9%
Jeff Alexander (R) 3,789 36.5%
Blank 269 2.6%
Over 3 0.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Espero is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Espero raised a total of $202,771 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 25, 2013.[13]

William Espero's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State Senate, District 19 Won $36,210
2010 Hawaii State Senate, District 20 Won $58,622
2008 Hawaii State Senate, District 20 Not up for election $1,200
2006 Hawaii State Senate, District 20 Won $40,375
2004 Hawaii State Senate, District 20 Not up for election $19,365
2002 Hawaii State Senate, District 20 Won $31,914
2000 Hawaii State House, District 41 Won $15,085
Grand Total Raised $202,771

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Espero's reports.[14]

William Espero (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[15]October 16, 2013$0.00$36,555.00$(18,111.22)$18,443.78
Year End[16]January 31, 2014$18,443$38,382$(49,996)$6,829
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2014$6,829$16,235$(12,348)$10,716
Running totals
$91,172$(80,455.22)

2012

Espero won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Espero raised a total of $36,210.
Hawaii State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to William Espero's campaign in 2012
Hawaii Operating Engineers$4,000
Hawaii Association of Realtors$2,500
United Association of Journeymen And Apprentices of The Plumbing And Pipe Fitting Industry of The United States And Canada$2,000
Hawaii Laborers & Employers Trust Fund$2,000
Chang, Mun-Wun$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$36,210
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Espero won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Espero raised a total of $58,622.

2008

Espero was not up for election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Espero raised a total of $1,200.

2006

Espero won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Espero raised a total of $40,375.

2004

Espero was not up for election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Espero raised a total of $19,365.

2002

Espero won election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Espero raised a total of $31,914.

2000

Espero won election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Espero raised a total of $15,085.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Hawaii

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Hawaii scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

2014

In 2014, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 15 through May 2.[18]

Legislators are scored on their "support and advocacy for small business and an improved business climate."

2013

In 2013, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 16 to May 3.[19]

Legislators are scored on their "support and advocacy for small business and an improved business climate."

Hawaii Grassroot Institute

See also: Hawaii Grassroot Institute Scorecard

The Grassroot Institute issued its 2010 Legislative Score Card that tallied the votes of Hawaii legislators and graded their votes based on the Institute's values of individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.[20] The Institute observed state legislators' votes on issues involving taxes, spending, scope of government, business climate, and raids on special funds. Espero received a total score of 11%. Here are the scores Espero received based on specific categories.

2010 Hawaii Senate Legislative Scorecard
Taxes Business climate Spending Individual liberty Raids Scope of government
8% 0% 0% 67% 13% 0%

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References

  1. 2013/07/21/state-sen-will-espero-enters-congressional-race/ KHON " State Sen. Will Espero enters Congressional race" accessed July 25, 2013
  2. Honolulu Civil Beat, "Yep, Will Espero Wants to Go to Congress" accessed July 25, 2013
  3. Hawaii News Now, "Espero enters race to replace Hanabusa in Congress" accessed July 25, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Associated Press, "Hawaii Primary Results," accessed August 10, 2014
  5. 2013/07/21/state-sen-will-espero-enters-congressional-race/ KHON " State Sen. Will Espero enters Congressional race" accessed July 25, 2013
  6. Honolulu Civil Beat, "Yep, Will Espero Wants to Go to Congress" accessed July 25, 2013
  7. Hawaii News Now, "Espero enters race to replace Hanabusa in Congress" accessed July 25, 2013
  8. civilbeat.com, " Unofficial 2012 Primary election candidate list," accessed March 24, 2014
  9. Hawaii Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 24, 2014
  10. Hawaii Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed December 13, 2013
  11. Hawaii Secretary of State, "Official 2006 General election results," accessed March 24, 2014
  12. Follow The Money, "Campaign funds," accessed March 24, 2014
  13. followthemoney.org, "Espero, William," accessed June 25, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "William Espero 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 4, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 25, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 3, 2014
  18. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 4, 2014
  19. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 29, 2014
  20. Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, "2010 Legislative Score Card," accessed October 23, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Gabbard (D)
Hawaii State Senate District 19
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Hawaii State Senate District 20
2002–present
Succeeded by
Mike Gabbard (D)