Presidential Elector Candidate
On February 5, 2020 I watched the impeachment vote from the food court of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington DC. I had traveled from Hawaii to DC to meet with Senators Schatz, Hirono, and Representative Case to advocate for our HIDOE LGBTQ+ students with SAMHSA - the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Due to the vote, we didn’t actually get to meet with the legislators personally. Just as we were heading back to our hotel, Senator Hirono appeared in the hallway. She welcomed our delegation into her office, and she was warm and oddly hopeful. “I’m the only Buddhist in congress; I have to believe karma will come for him," the Senator shared.
I am running to be a presidential elector candidate because I want to be karma’s sidekick, as we the Democrats hold President Trump to a single term.
Aloha, my name is Sarah "Mili" Milianta-Laffin, and I teach at Ilima Intermediate in Ewa Beach. I’ve taught at underfunded public schools for my entire 15 year teaching career. My students can’t vote, so teachers like me must be their advocates. I’m the Hawaii State Teachers Association 2020 Social Justice Teacher of the Year, and spent 2019-2020 vetting candidates for local, state, and national office as a HSTA Leeward member of the Government Relations Committee. I serve on the boards of GLSEN Hawai’i, and the Hawaii Society for Technology in Education (HSTE).
I am one of the 5 Hawaii state finalists for the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the nation's highest commendation for K-12 math and science teachers. It recognizes a combination of sustained and exemplary work, both in, and outside, the classroom. I share Senator Hirono’s hope that I will be given that award next year by a Democratic president.
I’m also my school’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) faculty sponor. Our GSA was the first GSA at a middle school in the entire state. This year, out of 8,000 national GSAs, our GSA was awarded 2020 National GSA of the Year. I humbly request your vote, and I’m excited to stand by your side while advocating for my students. To learn more about me, find me on Twitter at @MiliLaff and https://linktr.ee/MiliLaff.