My name is Sergio Alcubilla and I am running for Congress to represent Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District (D). When I get there, I will not just be another placeholder taking up space. I will not keep my head low and my mouth shut. There is too much at stake. I go there for a purpose and that is to defend and advocate for the interests of the people and communities I care about.
I am running for Congress because our current representative is going against the interests of everyday working people here in Hawai‘i. By blocking President Biden’s Build Back Better plan, he is going against our values as one of the more progressive states in the country. Instead of working with the President and the Democratic Party to pass this once-in-a generation investment in our people, he is actively working to make it weaker. If he was truly fighting for our interests, he should be saying that this is not enough instead of saying that this is too much. I am stepping up to say that this is unacceptable and it is not right.
It’s not right when our families need help with affordable child care and tax credits. It’s not right when our seniors can’t hear, see, or eat well because their Medicare coverage won’t cover hearing aids, eyeglasses, or dental work. It’s not right when our children are already behind when they start school because universal pre-school isn’t available for them. Blocking the President’s agenda is just not right; it’s not right for the people of Hawai’i, and it’s not right for the people of this country.
I feel so passionate about this because Congressman Ed Case and I look at the world through very different lenses. Although we are both lawyers, his legal background is in corporate law while mine has been focused on serving our working families and most vulnerable communities through my work at the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i for the past 10 years and now advocating for low income workers with the Hawai‘i Workers Center. I have always stood for and with those who feel the odds are stacked against them, for those who feel the weight of living paycheck to paycheck, for those who feel they don't have the power to make their voices heard; because their stories are part of mine.
Like many of our elected leaders and the majority now sitting in Congress, Congressman Case was born into a life of privilege. He doesn’t care to fight harder to support President Biden’s plan because he doesn’t fully understand what our working families in Hawai‘i are going through. I doubt he has ever had to worry about making rent for the month or worry about having enough to pay for groceries at the store. These are life experiences that I doubt if Congressman Case can really understand. These are the real struggles, the hard work and sacrifices, made by so many in our community who sit in the middle to lower rungs of the economic ladder in Hawai‘i and across the country. If Congressman Case really understood, he would be fighting hard to support President Biden and his plan to invest back into the people of this country.
My mother came to America as a single mother, raising six young children on her own after my father was gunned down by a communist hit-squad in the Philippines. As a nurse, she worked multiple jobs and would even rent out our bedrooms to make ends meet. Growing up, I’ll never forget having to raise my hand in school every year to ask for a free and reduced lunch form. When I say I understand what working families go through, I speak from real experience. I know what it means to struggle, I know what our families are going through and that is the voice I want to bring to Congress; the voice of the regular working person, the voice of the parent struggling to pay for child care and pre-school, the voice of a son who worries that his mom can’t afford the most basic medical care during retirement.
I know it will be an uphill battle and I know the incumbent will rally big businesses and corporations and will likely out-spend me. But this campaign will not be won by money, but rather by people; people on the ground going door to door, people on the ground talking to their neighbors, and people showing up to vote on August 13th.
We will raise the money needed to be competitive and raise it not from corporations but from real people. But most of all we will reach out to the disaffected, those who feel powerless, and those who feel their voices aren’t being heard and ask them to join us in our quest to bring their voices to the halls of Congress. Yes, we are going to need money and yes we are going to fundraise, but we are going to make this election about people and not money. Money will not be what determines the outcome of this election, the people of Hawai‘i will be the ones to do that.
Our path to victory is clear. We believe the people in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District share our values and our vision. The core of our support will come from voters who support President Biden’s Build Back Better plan, whether they are defined as progressives, liberals, or simply traditional Democrats, they support the principle of putting the needs of low income and middle class working families first like I do.
We will win this campaign because good people will step up and support doing what is right. We are going to win by talking to one person at a time and walking the district. We are going to meet people where they work and where they play. We are going to share our vision and we are going to reach out to the community and enroll their help and support. We will outwork Congressman Case with the same work-ethic that every day working people put in day after day to make this country run.
We need your help to do this. Please join us in our campaign to represent those voices lacking now in Congress; the voices of working people and everyday families struggling to get by; the voices of our children and the future they have to look forward to. Let’s make sure their voices ring loudly in the halls of Congress for all to hear! That's what I will bring to Congress and with your help we will win, we will make it right!