Candidate Xian would donate half her salary

HONOLULU — If congressional candidate Kathryn Xian is elected to the U.S. House, she has vowed to donate half her salary to charity.

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HONOLULU — If congressional candidate Kathryn Xian is elected to the U.S. House, she has vowed to donate half her salary to charity.

The Democrat, running in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District, said she wants to put her money where her mouth is as a politician and as a human being who cares about her community.

“I feel that the pursuit of politics can become a very self-centered endeavor, to the detriment of our democracy,” Xian said.

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Xian said the salaries offered to Congress are generous, but “Congress needs to show a little more for what it’s being paid to do with that money.”

If elected, Xian would retain about $90,000 a year after donating half her salary.

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