The memories we created in our first go at an island political campaign in 2016 carried us through to today. It is 2018 and we are once again hitting the ground running for the Kaua`i County Council race with the goal of 15,000 votes. But first, what happened between then and now?
Shortly after the General Elections 2016, I ran as a nominee and unsuccessfully for the KIUC Board of Directors. The lessons I learned from this experience is how I need to build my credibility to show others that I am capable of leading others. I believe that when others look at leaders, they admire integrity, consistency, and wisdom. All of these qualities I intend to build over time with the support of family and friends.
Consequently, just as the campaign began to end in 2016, I entered a graduate program at the University of Hawaii Manoa. I was one of the recipients of the Saltchuck Companies - Young Brothers Scholarship and thus became a candidate in the Distance Learning Executive Masters in Business Administration-- immediately declaring my focus on the Health Care Management certificate track. Joining my esteemed colleagues, we graduated this May 16, 2018.
As fate would draw me to something I am passionate about, I started a wonderful career that I love. I get to help others every day and share with others how to love what I do. My work with BAYADA Home Care as an Associate Director allows me to practice my health care management skills first hand. I lead a team of about 8 managers and about 120 field staff. I administer policies and oversee everything from operational efficiencies, balancing millions of dollars in budget, to human resources management. This July will mark my exciting one-year anniversary!
On the peripheries, I worked hard to earn the Board of Director of the Year award from the Kaua`i Filipino Chamber of Commerce. Volunteering my time with the Aloha Committee and in my new found role as Treasurer.
With all of that said, I hear that others are concerned about me balancing my time between work, volunteer, and council. How will I balance my time when indeed I am in the Kaua`i County Council? The question is legitimate and my answer is that because I do not have children, my time is dedicated to serving the servants. I am at the peak of my young adulthood and my 30's can be spent expelling energy to better my home, my community. I know I have the time to accomplish multiple endeavors at once. The perfect example would be my successful track record with balancing my volunteerism, school, and full-time work. It is a matter of prioritizing, planning, and implementing efficiencies in my daily rituals. All of which I am already practicing daily.
In 2016, we garnished a strong following of 7,899 votes. This year our goal is 15,000 votes. Will you help us get there? A pivotal part of campaigning, as the new candidates will find out, is the fundraising aspect. I come from a grassroots movement without major endorsement from any politically charged organization. This means that my voice is coming from a clear intent to work for the people of Kaua`i and certainly not a voice with a divisive motive.
Our team knows that it takes money to run successful campaigns. This year we aimed to raise $20,000 in the primary elections, and then $20,000 for the general elections. We also intend to seek public funding for our campaign, and this requires that we raise at least $3,000 to ask for matching funds. Won't you please help us get to our goals?
A note from the team:
There are many ways to get fired up with us.
1. Register to vote - easy, click on the register to vote link on our website
2. Volunteer at our fundraisers and sign waving events
3. Sell fundraising tickets for our events
4. Host a meal with your friends and invite Juno for a talk-story
5. Invite Juno to your large events as a guest speaker
6. Sponsor an advertisement for Juno in the Newspaper, Magazines, or the Radio
7. Tell your friends and family about Juno and point them to her website for more information
8. Donate through our website
9. Invite Juno to your organization or business and introduce her to your colleagues
10. Publically endorse Juno on your social media websites
11. Hang a banner on your property and walls
12. Give us your physical address and we will put a yard sign for you on your yard
Contact Us page for more details as to how to get a hold of us!