Lee files papers! Democrat Marilyn Lee files for former District 36 House seat

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Marilyn Lee, 808-542-4438
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Lee files papers!
Democrat Marilyn Lee files for former District 36 House seat

April 2, 2014, Mililani, Hawaii—Candidate Marilyn Lee has filed her papers with the Office of Elections for the District 36 seat in the House of Representatives.  

Lee served as the representative for Mililani, Mililani Mauka, and Waipio Acres (District 36) for 16 years. 

“I firmly believe my experience in State government as an effective legislator, and my accomplishments in the community speak to my qualifications as a candidate for this office,” Lee said.

Lee is proud of the many Capital Improvement projects she has brought to the community and the many bills she has introduced and passed, especially in the area of victim rights and child safety.

Some of Lee's accomplishments include:

  • Construction of Mililani Ike Elementary School
  • New classroom building at Mililani High School
  • A bill that makes it illegal to leave a small child alone in a parked car

Education, transportation and safety, and support for families are among Lee’s priorities for the future.

Lee is a Registered Nurse, who has lived in Mililani for 35 years.  She and her late husband, Sam, have four children: Kammy, John, Tom and Andrew, and six grandchildren.

To learn more about Marilyn, visit her web site at www.marilynblee.com.


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Lee makes it official! Democrat Marilyn Lee seeks former District 36 House Seat

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Media Contacts:
Marilyn Lee, 808-542-4438
Sally Little, 808-348-0306

Lee makes it official …

Democrat Marilyn Lee seeks former District 36 House Seat

Jan. 23, 2014, Mililani, Hawaii — Former State Representative Marilyn Lee will take out nomination papers on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, for the seat she previously held. Lee had served as a representative for Mililani Town, Mililani Mauka and Waipio Acres for 16 years.

“After 16 years of service in the State Legislature, a break has given me the opportunity to get back to the grass roots in our community. I am inspired and excited to run for the District 36 Representative seat this year,” Lee said.

Lee is proud of the many Capital Improvement projects she has brought to the community, and the many bills she has introduced and passed, especially in the area of victim rights and child safety.

Some of Lee’s accomplishments include:

  • Construction of Mililani Ike Elementary School
  • New Classroom building at Mililani High School
  • A bill that makes it illegal to leave a small child alone in a parked car

Early childhood education, protection of the environment, support for local schools, and solutions for Hawaii’s elder care crisis are Lee’s top priorities for the future.

Lee is a Registered Nurse, who has lived in Mililani for 35 years. She and her late husband, Sam, have four children: Kammy, John, Tom and Andrew, and six grandchildren.

To learn more about Marilyn, visit her web site at www.leemarilynb.com.

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Back working in the community

2014 is a year of transition for me. Life is different, but in many ways the same; the passing of seasons is subtle here, but they do gently change.

Being back in the neighborhood has allowed me to reconnect with the community, and rediscover my roots, which run deep after almost 35 years in Hawaii.

I have been so honored by the support and recognition of friends, colleagues and community.

I was appointed to the Mililani Neighborhood Board #25, and recently was elected to the District 1 seat I held many years ago.

Mayor Caldwell appointed me as his representative to the Mililani Mauka Neighborhood Board, a Board I have attended faithfully for several years, and a part of the community I know well. The Mayor also appointed me to the Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG committee of the city. The group reviews and chooses where federal monies designated for community needs will go.

Governor Abercrombie appointed me to the Commission on the Status of Women, and the Senate unanimously confirmed me. Many thanks to friends and colleagues who submitted testimony on my behalf.

Following up on my work on behalf of victims, I was selected to sit on the board of directors of the Friends of the Missing Child Center. This seems so appropriate with the recent rash of abductions and worse in Cleveland.

I continue my work as a member of the board of the Friends of Mililani Public Library, and as president of the Central Oahu Caregivers Support Group, and in addition belong to the Soroptimists of Central Oahu and the Mililani Lions, two excellent service organizations.

I produce two shows a month on our community access network, Olelo. “Kukui Connection” has been running for almost 10 years, and features political issues, community issues, and issues of culture and the arts; I have interviewed many interesting and knowledgeable guests. Community Access TV is a treasure, which I will fight to preserve.

I have been overwhelmed with gratitude for the awards and recognition I received after leaving the House of Representatives.

Members of the Women’s Community surprised me with a wonderful luncheon celebrating a proclamation of MARILYN B LEE day by the Governor. So many friends and colleagues got up to speak about me, including Senator Schatz and Mayor Caldwell. What an honor!

The Lifetime Achievement Award presented to me by the Hawaii Women Lawyers in April 2013.

The Lifetime Achievement Award presented to me by the Hawaii Women Lawyers in April 2013.

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"Marilyn Lee Day" button

Planned Parenthood of Hawaii recognized my work on Women’s Health at their Annual Dinner, and presented me with the first annual Marilyn B. Lee Award; unbelievably, this will become an annual award by Planned Parenthood. Then, in April, the Hawaii Women Lawyers presented me with their prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” at their annual meeting. A beautiful plaque with a lovely seashell motif is something I will keep forever.

My colleagues in the House, Senate, community organization, and both neighborhood boards also honored me for my work.

A thoughtful friend showed me how to begin composting with worms and lent me his homemade box. My garden in Mililani has never looked better. I harvest lettuce, spinach, tomatoes eggplant and cucumbers regularly, and am thinking of becoming a beekeeper!

It goes without saying that I miss my wonderful partner of 45 years, Sam, but in many ways he is still here---a brilliant, yet humble guy who taught me so much and who was extremely proud of our children, our marriage, and of my work in the community and Legislature.

I do miss the challenge of the Legislature, and there is much that remains undone, especially in the areas of victims rights, the status of women, legislation facilitating the work of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, long term care and kupuna welfare. I learned a lot from my friend Marcus Oshiro while serving as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee for 8 years, and have become a bit more of a fiscal conservative.

I am happy, healthy, and have the energy that kept me going on those late nights at the capitol. I want to continue to be a part of the future of our beloved Hawaii and the beautiful community of Mililani.