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Hawaii US House District 2

Duties: Representatives share responsibility with Senators for enactment of the nation's laws as provided for in the U.S. Constitution. They may also conduct investigations on issues of national importance. Laws that require payment of taxes are initiated in the House of Representatives. Representatives have the responsibility for determining whether a public official should be tried if accused of a crime.Areas Served: Kauai, Maui, and Hawai`i Counties and northern and western OahuQualifications: Must be a U.S. citizen for at least 7 years; an inhabitant of Hawaii when elected; and at least 25 years of age.How Elected: The United States is divided into 435 Congressional districts that are reapportioned after each decennial census. All seats in the House of Representatives are up for election in every even-numbered year. A Representative from Hawaii must be at least 25 years of age, must be an inhabitant of Hawaii when elected, and must have been a U.S. citizen for at least 7 years.Term: Two years, no term limit.Base Salary: $174,000; Speaker of the House - $223,500; Majority and Minority Leaders and President pro tempore of the Senate - $193,400

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    Ron BURRUS

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    John (Raghu) GIUFFRE

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    Kaiali'i (Kai) KAHELE

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    Michelle Rose TIPPENS

Biographical Information

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Age 65
Education BA Pre-Law Political Science - University of Texas @ Arlington Sports Management - Columbia University
Campaign Address P. O. Box 486
Pahoa, HI 96778
Campaign Phone (818) 397-8855
Campaign Email
I have studied politics my entire life and watched the erosion of our system to where we have nothing that resembles what the original framers intended. I have a lot of information, historical and current, that needs to be utilized and I chose this platform to begin getting the word out. I can no longer sit idly by while our true ideals and things I think we stand for, evaporates entirely into the hands of evil.
I want to: to break up big media and re-regulate the media; break up the big banks and re-regulate the financial markets. To accomplish these goals will be like kick starting a 747. There would have to be government forced divestitures in both industries. These are not only monopolies, but chain monopolies. Strict rbut reasonable egulations will have to be drafted and implemented. The financial services landscape would then be separated into Banks - Brokerage houses, insurance companies, and none the two or three shall be housed together again. The media regulations would include no foreign ownership of any broadcasting, print or digital media industry. Number of stations owned by 1 company reduced to 1 per major market from 7 allowed today
I support AOC's Green New Deal on the macro level. Locally, Hawaii shorelines will be heavily compromised if the predicted sea levels rise of 3.2 feet as soon as 2060 become reality. We will have to find a new method of transportation as our roads and highways will be greatly affected. Economically, it will be very difficult to bring in tourists with no beaches. Small fishing boats need harbors, will be impossible to do canoeing in the summer, etc. The problems and issues facing Hawaii are enormous and frankly, it is difficult to know where to begin. Forming engineering think tanks is one way to begin, as new ideas will be needed to confront challenges modern civilization has never confronted, Ingenuity and imagination will be needed!
Age 55
Education Primary & Secondary Education India = Equivalent of BA of Philosophy.
Military/Community Service 25 years as Buddhist monk / preacher. Food for Life 5 Years – India, Europe, throughout USA & Hawaii,
Campaign Phone (808) 731-6484
I've come with the greatest set of programs for jumps starting the Hawaiian economy and tourism called Export Tourist. It's geared to convert tourist into long term consumers of Hawaiian Made and so build a strong export market - primarily focused on artisan foods. We call it Hawaiian Renaissance.

This is just 1 program from our revolutionary set of reforms covering every major issues of the day from healthcare, to immigration, affordable housing and deficit reduction. They are outlined in my 14 books on economics called Raghu-nomics. It offers working models that will reset of terms of discourse free of today's conflict politics.
1 - Hawaiian Renaissance Step 1: A - a half million residence buying locally made 1 day a month on the 1st Friday. B - stores all carrying local that day C - 20% to 40% of tourist Join event E - Convert tourist to long term consumers of Hawaiian Made - Export Tourism

Step 2: A - 1% of State budget for small biz, farmers & Hawaiians = $2 billion B - Matching funds from the feds = $2 Billion

Step 3: A - Scale small biz, farmers by multiples - Double, Triple etc.

2 Crime & Homelessness
1 Reset the terms of the discussion.

a) ‘Environmental Destruction is an economic euphemism for extreme economic inefficiency. It relies on intensive subsidies whether that be in land, water, labor, commodities. Generally, these subsidies are from other countries which carries the costs of military intervention or other intensive liabilities. All those ‘3rd world countries’ have become Developing Nations and ever more resistant to US interference – hegemony. This leaves America to find new sources and efficiencies.

b) Environmental policy is another way of saying better utility of resources. It’s often found in cutting edge tech. Therefore, Environmental Policy often means finding the hottest technology to replace the outdated ones.
Age 56
Education Undergraduates Degree in Communications with an emphasis in Leadership and a Master's of Science Degree in Criminology. The disciplines of study include: Psychology, Biology, Sociology, Political Science, Statistics, Religion and Economics.
Military/Community Service United States Army Accredited Service Officer Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development 2x 1986, 1992 Army Achievement Medals 5x 1987-1997 Army Good Conduct Medal 4x 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997 National Defense Service Medal 1990 Overseas Service Ribbon 2x 1986 Army Service Ribbon 1985 Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 1994 Humanitarian Service Medal 1994 Army Lapel 1985 Campaigns: Korea (Camp Casey) 1985-1986 Haiti (Operation Uphold Democracy) 1994 Desert Storm/Desert Shield (Unit Support) 1990 Somalia (Unit Support) 1992 Germany (Removal of the wall separating East and West) (Support) 1990 Belize, Honduras 1991. VFW Western Conference Chairman 2018, All American Department Commander 2017, All American Post QM 2015, All State Post Commander 4x 2011-2015.
Campaign Phone (808) 651-9288
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We need to restore Leadership, Trust, Accountability and Transparency. I have been a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for 23 years. From 2015-2017, I was elected as Department of Hawaii Jr. Vice Commander and continued to move up the line becoming State Commander (Chairman). In 2017, I began serving the veterans as an accredited service officer. In 2018 I was elected to serve on the Western Conference Council as Vice Chairman. Currently, I am the Chairman for 16 States to include: North Dakota down to New Mexico, to Alaska, Japan and Germany.

VFW has proposed/written the Bluewater Navy Act 299, which was approved and passed. Besides if elected I will place the needs of all peoples above my own expectations and agenda.
1) Maintaining Veterans Benefits. 2) Elderly Healthcare.
Climate change is a global threat. Domestically we need to improve Hawaii's infrastructure to protect against global warming. Very important issues: 1) Humanity improving quality of life. 2) Farming sustainability. 3) Hurricane and Tsunami disasters.

Basically monitor our carbon footprint.

Age 46
Education University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, B.S. in Education
Military/Community Service Hawai‘i Air National Guard, Lieutenant Colonel
Campaign Address PO Box 4952
Hilo, HI 96720
Campaign Phone (808) 783-4069
Campaign Email
Twitter @kaikahele
I currently serve as the majority floor leader of the Hawaiʻi State Senate and chairman of the Senate Committee on Water and Land. Additionally, I am the vice chairman of Hawaiian Affairs and a member of the Committees on Ways and Means, and Higher Education. Outside of the State Senate, I am also a pilot, veteran, and commissioned officer in the Hawai‘i Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force. Lastly, I have experience running a non-profit that serves rural Native Hawaiian families in South Kona.

I believe voters in Hawai‘i share my vision for our state and our nation. For more information about my campaign and issues I care deeply about, please visit
Two issues that I would like to focus on are improving the economic conditions and educational system at the state and national levels. Economic stability is a daily, primary concern for every family in Hawai‘i made worse by the current COVID-19 crisis. To address this crisis, I am committed to working closely with our federal delegation and state leaders to obtain the necessary relief for Hawaii’s working-class families and small businesses while ensuring that we properly address public health concerns.

On education, the federal government plays a critical role in ensuring that students from all backgrounds have access to a quality education. I am committed to improving our public education system and making it more affordable.
In my first 100 days, I will immediately advocate for the United States to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and to reinstitute the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. I believe that climate change is a real and dangerous threat to Hawaiʻi and our national security. I will work tirelessly to advocate for programs that promote healthy and sustainable environments for all our communities. I was born in Miloliʻi, Hawaiʻi, a native Hawaiian fishing village with a rich and proud history of balanced living between humans, the land, and the sea. I personally understand the need for climate action and climate justice. For years, Native Hawaiian communities in places like Nānākuli, Keaukaha and Pana‘ewa have been disproportionately exposed to hazards.
Age 42
Education BA, Crime and Justice Studies MS, Administration of Justice and Security Systems
Military/Community Service Counterintelligence Agent, Arabic Linguist Founded Hawaii Veteran's Cannabis Alliance
Campaign Phone (808) 202-3001
Aloha all and thank you for reading. As a candidate for US Congress in the 2nd District, I stand apart in my value of personal liberty. So much of our government has become about “regulation” that the government's original purpose has been lost. Our government was special when it was created because it was designed to recognize that people have 3 inalienable Rights: to Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness. We as a society are faced with a very different government today, one that no longer respects those Rights. I chose to run for Congress because I recognize that the best thing about our government is our ability to elect representatives that are able to echo our voice in legislature and I will place our voice above my own.
My top two goals as a candidate in Hawaii are to reduce the cost of living for Hawaii's people and to ensure that the current personal restrictions placed upon the US public are lifted and made unconstitutional. I personally believe the restrictions are currently unconstitutional and the Wisconsin Supreme Court agrees, ruling on May 13th that “shelter in place” or “stay at home” orders are unconstitutional. The ruling of the court states that orders “confining all people to their homes, forbidding travel and closing businesses exceed[s] statutory authority.” As I stated, my greatest priority in the US Congress is reducing the cost of living in Hawaii. I feel that this can be accomplished fastest by eliminating or amending the Jones Act.
I believe that the first step to addressing climate change is to stop causing damage. That starts at home, however the government can engage in strategies that will reduce pollution; I would commit to reducing office waste from day one and would work to expand that policy throughout the government. The next thing I would do is work to change over government offices to solar power sources. I would prefer to see that done through rooftop solar on all government buildings. Above all, I would like to look to the charity sector for innovation to address our society's impact on climate change and adjust the way our government conducts daily activities to reduce its impact and create programs that encourage sustainable practices.