Matthew LoPresti is the Democratic candidate for District 41, which covers Ewa Villages, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Ocean Pointe and West Loch.

He currently serves as Associate Professor of Philosophy and Humanities and Chair of the Asian and Pacific Studies program at Hawaii Pacific University, where he has taught since 1999.

He obtained a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, and Bachelor of Arts Degrees in History and Philosophy and a Master of Arts Degree in Philosophy from the University of Toledo.

LoPresti believes the state’s unfunded liabilities create an extra burden on the current generation of taxpayers. While some may propose cutting benefits to public employees, he believes that would break promises made to those who served a lifetime of work. Instead, those elected need to exercise greater fiscal restraint and set budget priorities and eliminate funding of special projects.