As an activist and organizer, Kathryn Xian spends a lot of her time doing outreach. She talks with people in need to help them get help.
"That's what makes me different from the other candidates," said Xian. "I have that experience working day-to-day with real people. I know what kind of strains they have to endure on a daily basis."
Economic justice is her number one issue. As part of her commitment to the less fortunate, Xian says she'll put her money where her mouth is.
"I've committed donating half of my Congressional pay, if elected, to keiki and kupuna in need until Hawaii citizens are are afforded a living wage," said Xian.
The 41 year old is known for her work fighting human trafficking in Hawaii. What you may not know is that even though her name is Xian, she's not Chinese.
"I'm a fourth generation Korean American. My great grandfather came here in 1903 on the SS Gaelic that brought the first Koreans to Hawaii," said Xian.
She grew up on the North Shore in Pupukea.
"Very humbly, I may look and sound like a townie, but I am a country girl," said Xian. "I fished for my lunch and all that and picked opihi. And I learned from that a very significant tie to the land."
Unlike every other Democrat in this race, she's never run for office. That, she says, is a plus.
"I speak for the little guy. Remember the little guy? That's what government is supposed to be about," said Xian. "Is projecting the right of the ordinary person from monied interests."
You'll see Xian and the rest of the Democratic candidates for the Hawaii House seat in the First Congressional District on Wednesday, July 23 on KITV at 8 p.m. It will be LIVE on the air and online at KITV.com.