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Nestor Garcia

Nestor Garcia

Councilmember

Honolulu City Council

Nestor R. Garcia serves as one of nine members on the Honolulu City Council. He was officially sworn into office on January 2, 2003 and was re-elected to a four-year term in 2008. Garcia served as chair and presiding officer of the Honolulu City Council from December 2010 until he voluntarily stepped down on June 27, 2011.

During his nearly nine years on the Council, he has served in several key positions during his tenure on the Council, including chair of the Budget Committee, Parks Committee, Planning Committee, and Transportation Committee. He has also served as a member of the Public Infrastructure and Executive Matters & Legal Affairs committees.

During his tenure as Chair of the Transportation committee, he also served alternately, as Chair and Vice Chair of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OMPO), a quasi-federal agency that oversees federally funded transportation projects and is a past chair of the organization.

He was elected President of the Hawaii State Association of Counties (HSAC) for 2008-09, an organization comprising all four counties of the State of Hawaii and which advocates on behalf of the counties and represents Hawaii’s counties in national organizations such as the National Association of Counties (NACo) and its Western Interstate Region. For the 2009-10 term, he served as HSAC Vice President.

From July 2010 to July 2011, Garcia served on the Board of Directors of NACo as a President’s appointee and co-chaired NACo’s International Economic Development Task Force. He conceived and guided the planning of the 2011 Counties of Hawaii: Sister-Cities Summit.

Garcia received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Hawaii in 1980. Nestor became an on-camera reporter for KHON in 1981, a station that went on to become No. 1 in its market for news and programming.

In 1991, Nestor left KHON to join the staff of Hawaii's senior U.S. Senator, Daniel K. Inouye, as his press secretary, which fueled his desire to become a public servant to do more for the people of Hawaii.

Prior to his election to the Council, Garcia served four terms in the State House of Representatives and was a member of the majority leadership team – as a co-Whip for the majority caucus.

Garcia remains very active in the community and has served the Leeward YMCA, the Oahu Chapter of the Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Centers, the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii, and Hina Mauka.

He is a present or past member of the Waipahu Business Association, the Waipahu Community Association, the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, and the Hans L’Orange Baseball Park Council in Waipahu.

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