Trish La Chica for State Representative | Mililani's Public Health Champion
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Why Trish Is Running

Time to Prioritize our People

Trish La Chica has dedicated her entire career fighting against unjust systems and policies that favor those with wealth and power. As a community advocate, Trish believes that government should work hard to ensure that the people it serves should never, ever have to feel powerless.

Now a mom raising two young kids with her husband in Mililani, Trish is championing issues that impact Hawaii’s working families. She is committed to helping families navigate the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and to work on solutions to rebuild an economy that truly puts community first.

Corona Virus

TLC'S COVID-19 recovery priorities

  • An equitable, inclusive, and community-led response to the COVID-19 crisis

    • Time to prioritize our people. History has proven that during each crisis, from natural disasters such as flooding and eruptions to the current pandemic, it is always our low-income families and communities of color that are most acutely impacted by the corporate and political decisions made by those in power.
    • Everyone has a seat at the table. In planning for recovery, we must call for a more just and equitable society, one that centers communities and place over corporate profit, and that ensures that all people—regardless of race/ethnicity, culture, class, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, or ability—have the full opportunity to achieve optimal health and wellbeing.
  • Healthy food access

    • Strengthen SNAP. Streamline the application process for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program especially for older adults and people with disabilities.
    • Expand, not cut Double Bucks. Fund the Double Bucks program, which provides SNAP families with double credit when purchasing Hawaii-grown local produce. Double Bucks brings nutritious food home and supports our local farmers.
    • Extend Access to School Meals. Ensure that school nutrition programs reach all students that rely on free or reduced priced meals for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
  • Making schools more flexible and supportive for students, staff, and working families

    • Support for students. Provide flexibility so students can engage with schoolwork at any time that works for them. Focus on proficiency, skills, and knowledge rather than time spent in class. Prohibit punitive approaches to youth.
    • Support for staff. Listen to our teachers. Allow flexible funding for schools to create, invest in, and scale plans to support learning for all students.
    • Support for working families. Improve communication between school and parents and guardians. Allow struggling parents to access health resources and social supports in school.
  • Support working families, continue telework, and provide paid sick leave

    • Protect workers. Provide our workers with adequate workplace safety guidance, sanitation supplies, and PPE (personal protective equipment). Save wages, jobs, and local businesses. Subsidize childcare.
    • Continue telework. Make teleworking and a mix of home and office-based work the default to give working families peace of mind and decrease commuting. Invest in critical infrastructure to provide all households with high-speed broadband.
    • Provide paid leave. Workers should not have to choose between their jobs, their health or caring for their family members. We need paid leave to allow workers to stay home when sick, safely isolate, and care for their loved ones without having to worry about losing their jobs.
  • Investments in public health and social services

    • Protect health while generating revenue. We must reimagine how we fund, care for, and protect our communities. We must consider strong, evidence-based options for protecting health while generating revenues, such as taxing vaping products, sugar-sweetened beverages and allowing counties to develop their own taxes in order to address shortfalls.
    • Close the corporate tax loophole. Require the top one percent of income earners and corporations to contribute their fair share. Restore the tax breaks and invest in annual funding to Hawaii’s schools, housing, libraries, and parks and trails.
  • Address housing insecurity and homelessness

    • Housing first. Commit to on-going funding to rapidly and permanently move unhoused people into permanent housing. Extend eviction protections into 2021, and mandate affordable repayment plans without fees or interest.

Proudly endorsed by

  • ILWU Local 142 Hawaii
  • Hawaii Government Employees Association
  • Hawaii State Teachers Association
  • Americans for Democratic Action
  • Run For Something
  • Pono Hawaii Initiative
  • Sierra Club
  • IBEW Hawaii
  • AFL-CIO Hawaii
  • UPW Hawaii
  • Our Revolution Oahu Chapter
  • 350 Hawaii
  • Hawaii Nurses Association
  • Hawaii Children's Action Network
  • Hawaii Sheet Metal Workers
  • Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters
  • University of Hawaii Professional Assembly
  • Hawai‘i Youth Climate Coalition
  • Sunrise Movement Honolulu
  • Patsy Mink
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Hawaii Building and Construction Trades Council
  • IUBAC Local 1 of Hawaii
  • Unite Here! Hawaii Local 5


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Trust, love, and community.

Fighting for the values that truly matter.

La Chica Trish La Chica has dedicated her entire career to fighting against unjust systems and policies. As an investigative journalist in the Philippines, she fought for the truth, producing documentaries to expose corruption & shed light on the daily struggles of Filipino families. As a vocal public health advocate here in Hawaii, Trish works with our state leaders to enact legislation that will improve the health and quality of life of Hawaii’s keiki and families. Trish has led the successful campaigns to pass smoke-free cars for keiki into law, create a statewide program to improve healthy food access for low-income residents, and make children’s meals in restaurants healthier.

Now a mom raising two kids with her husband Cricket in Mililani, Trish is fighting even harder, for the future of her two children and the future of her community.

  • Policy and Advocacy Director, Hawaii Public Health Institute
  • Policy Analyst, Office of the Governor, David Ige
  • Mililani/Waipio/Melemanu Neighborhood Board 25 Member & Chair, Community Recognition & Service
  • President, Young Democrats of Hawaii
  • Chair, Mililani District 36, Democratic Party of Hawaii
  • Chair, Legislative Committee, Democratic Party, Oahu County
  • Member, Soroptimist International of Central Oahu
  • Citizen Advisory Committee, Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (Oahu MPO)
  • Member, Filipina Association of University Women
  • Member, Steering Committee, 2020-2030 Tobacco Control Strategic Plan, Hawaiʻi State Department of Health
  • Convening Panel, State of Reform Health Policy Conference (2017 to present)
  • Volunteer, 2019 Homeless Point-In-Time Count
  • 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World, Filipina Women’s Network (2015)
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