My name is Mary D. Wagner and I am running for the office of State Representative for Wailuku area (District 8).
I was raised in Lockport, Illinois with my 14 siblings by my late parents, George and Emily Williams. I received a BA in Criminal Justice at University of Saint Francis and a MBA with emphasis in Technology Management at the University of Phoenix.
In 1989, I came to Hawaii as a wife of a Marine Officer who was stationed at Camp Smith on Oahu. After 3 years on Oahu I was divorced, I was forced to move with my son, Nicholas and daughter, Christine, out of military housing to a home in Kaneohe. Christine graduated from Castle High School.
In 1997, I accepted a promotion to Records & Identification Section Manager, the first civilian female commander at Maui Police Department. In 1999, I was honored as the Manager of the Year for automating the Uniform Crime Reporting process. I am currently employed as a Manager in the Information Technology Services Division of the County of Maui.
Shortly after I arrived on Maui, I bought a home in the Kaimana neighborhood of Kehalani Community Association( KCA) where I lived with my son, Nicholas. Nicholas graduated from Baldwin High School where he played on their championship basketball team.
In my 20 years of residence in Wailuku, I have served as a Neighborhood Representative and on the Board of Directors including Vice-President of KCA. Also, I currently serve as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program.
During my 40 years of government service (12 years as a Police Officer in Illinois), I have served with the AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) as a member of the National Women’s Leaders Group and HGEA (Hawaii Government Employees Association) as member and Vice-President of the State Board of Directors, and State President, Maui Division Chair, and member of the Contract Negotiating Team of the Unit 13 employees.
Since 1994, I have volunteered over 10 years with various Democratic Party positions on Oahu and Maui. These positions include District 8 Vice-Chair, Precinct President and Secretary, State and County Affirmative Action Committee, County Labor Chair and member of the Labor Caucus. I have worked on the campaigns of Barack Obama and Mazie Hirono and was Maui representative to the National Democratic Convention in 2012.
From my life and work experiences, educational achievement, my community and Democratic Party volunteerism, I believe that I am prepared to be your State Representative for the Wailuku District.