Who is Bob McDermott?

Bob McDermott

By: D. Kennedy

Bob McDermott is a Republican candidate for state house district 40. He has served 4 terms in the Hawaii State House of Representatives and would be honored to represent the Ewa Beach community in the State Legislature. Bob McDermott was a Marine officer who served in Gulf War 1 and currently holds a degree from Chaminade University and is an executive for a non-profit organization. He has been married for 25 years and is a father of eight children. He is a devoted and active member of his church. 

McDermott sat down with Civil Beat and talked about his plan for making Hawaii safe for travel again amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He said he had yet to see anyone addressing the biggest problem they have – How do we bring visitors back in a virus-free environment? He talked about pre-arrival testing being the closest we can get to restoring our economy and getting people back to work in the tourism industry.

McDermott also spoke to Hawaii representing the best of law and order. 

“The spirit of aloha and ohana permeate our daily lives. In Hawaii, we are all minorities to one degree or another. For example, my wife and I are a bi-racial couple who have been married for 35 years, with eight bi-racial children. Our police force is the same, our brothers, sisters, cousins. We are an island people. In that spirit, we have a great police force,” he said. 

The candidate also spoke to transparency in the government and disagreed with Gov. David Ige’s actions to suspend open government laws under an emergency order during the pandemic. 

Bob McDermott has also recently worked hard on behalf of his residents to secure funds for the design and construction to replace the existing track field at Campbell High School. He is also working on the rent relief and housing assistance program, as well as the COVID-19 household hardship relief fund program. This will provide quick financial relief to Oahu households impacted by the pandemic. 

In times like this, we need candidates looking to get our people back to work and the tourism industry booming again, not locked back up under some power trips.