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Hawaii US House District 1

Duties: U.S. Representatives share responsibility with U.S. 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: Hawaii's U.S. Congressional District 1 is located entirely on Oahu island, encompassing the urban areas of the city and county of Honolulu. that includes Oahu's central plains and southern shores, including the towns of Aiea, Mililani, Pearl City, Waipahu and Waimalu.Qualifications: Must be a U.S. citizen for at least 7 years; an inhabitant of Hawai`i 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, not subject to term limits.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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    Ed CASE

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    Ron CURTIS

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Biographical Information

Please provide a brief Candidate Statement describing your qualifications and why you are running for this office.

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What, if any, actions would you work towards in your first 100 days to address the threats facing Hawaii due to climate change?

Age 68
Education Co-op Kindergarten, Hilo; Waiakea-Kai Elementary School, Hilo; Keaukaha Elementary School, Hilo; Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Kamuela; Williams College, Massachusetts; University of California/Hastings College of Law, San Francisco
Military/Community Service Manoa Neighborhood Board (1985-1989); Hawaii State Representative (1994-2002); U. S. Congressman (2002-2007); Waikiki Improvement Association (2014-2018); Waikiki Beach Special Improvement District Association (2015-2018); Council on Revenues, State of Hawaii (2017-2018); U.S. Congressman (2019-present)
Campaign Phone (808) 546-9509
Campaign Email
Twitter @EdCaseHawaii
Over a lifetime in Hawai’i I have been fortunate to have had full careers as an attorney and executive and in public service. After eight years as Hawai’i State Representative, I served over four years in Congress representing Hawaii’s 2nd District. In 2018, I sought to return to my work in Congress to restore our government to the people and to provide effective representation for Hawai’i in Congress. I was elected to represent Hawaii’s 1st District and am completing my first term since returning including service on the U.S. House Committees on Appropriation and on Natural Resources. I am running for re-election to continue to find a better way forward for our country and to deliver effective representation for Hawai’i on Capitol Hill.
First, to pass and enact comprehensive campaign finance, ethics elections, voting and other reforms, as encompassed in current H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2019 which I cosponsored and voted for, to return citizens to engagement in and direction of our government and to regain public confidence that our government is operating for all citizens.

Second, to continue to deliver effective representation for Hawai’i in Congress, through my service on the House Appropriations Committee and otherwise, especially as we navigate further through the continuing public health, economic and social crisis of COVID-19.
The growing and acute threat to Hawai’i from accelerating climate change cannot be isolated to Hawai’i as climate change is universal. At the end of the day, only a truly international coordinated response to climate change will have any chance of slowing and eventually mitigating that threat as it impacts Hawai’i and certainly any other parts of our world bordering our oceans but also all other parts of our world in various ways. To that end, the most critical action is to return our country to the Paris Agreement and to again commit to an international response and to fulfilling our own obligations under that agreement, all as set forth in current H. Res. 9 which I cosponsored and voted for.
Age 58
Education Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland from the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Engineering.
Military/Community Service Contractor work on several DoD contracts.
Campaign Phone (808) 652-1902
Campaign Email
Twitter @rcurtis808
I approach everything with a practical, grounded, hands-on, “rubber meets the road” mindset. My engineering approach to resolving problems and managing change grew out of best practices acquired over my career as an analyst, researcher, scientist, programmer, network manager, and systems engineer. I made a career around successfully using change management to develop and implement near-term and long-term plans at work and in my personal life. I am now running to drive change and improvement in our federal government as the CD-1 US Congress representative for the people of Hawai’i. If you agree that our government has taken a turn for the worse, please join me in putting our government back on course to being more efficient, and effective.
1) Reduce the cost of living in Hawaii by repealing and replacing the Jones Act with a public private partnership. With the public/private partnership here in Hawaii, we can transform Hawaii into a major shipping hub and grow Hawaii's shipping industry.

2) Establish an affordable and accessible National Health Care System based on the Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) program. the FEHB is the insurance program that insures 8 million people including federal employees, dependents, and retirees. It is a managed competition of around 200 private insurers. Change the private sector from employer provided health care to employer subsidized health care into this national health care system scaling it over 160 million insured.
100 days? A phase one research and analysis effort to baseline climate change as we know it and all the contributing factors; carbon emissions, other greenhouse gases, earth orbit, earth axis tilt, ocean currents, deforestation, solar activity, etc. Phase two actions would be based on the measurable contributions from each cause for a comprehensive and sustained plan forward.
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