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Hawaii State House District 5

Duties: The Hawaii State House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Hawaii State Legislature. The Hawaii House of Representatives is a part-time body.Areas Represented: Na`alehu, Ocean View, Captain Cook, Kailua-KonaHow Elected: The house consists of 51 members elected from an equal number of respective representative districts. A Representative must be a Hawaii resident not less than three years, is at least 18 years old, and is a qualified voter of the representative district from which the person seeks to be elected. Candidates for state legislative offices who are nominated in the primary election and are unopposed in the general election will be deemed elected to the office sought after the primary election regardless of the number of votes received by that candidate (Hawaii State Constitution, Article III, Section 4). Term: Two years, not subject to term limits.Base Salary (2020): $62,604 plus $225/day if living outside Oahu, $10/day for members living on Oahu; Speaker of the House - $70,104

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    Citlalli Johanna DECKER

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    Jeanne KAPELA

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    Michael L. (Mike) LAST

Biographical Information

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Age 29
Education Socorro High School, Full Sail University
Campaign Phone (915) 345-6011
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I have worked as a technician for over ten years and troubleshooting systems is my specialty. Our current system of government needs a serious upgrade.
My top two goals are to strengthen the people from the roots up, starting within each neighborhood, and, begin the work to heal the old wounds that divide the people on our islands by acknowledging the wrongs and making a path to correct the grave injustice.
My actions would depend on the consent of the people I aim to represent. Any actions taken would be with their approval.
Age 26
Education High School Diploma, Konawaena High School (2012); Women In Leadership Certificate, Cornell University (In Progress)
Military/Community Service N/A
Campaign Phone (808) 854-1148
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Twitter @jeannekapela
For too long, the voices of Hawai'i's working families have been silenced. Lawmakers consistently put corporate greed before the people's needs, leaving economically disadvantaged and vulnerable populations behind. As the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, the politics of profit is a politics of failure. We must put the needs of people and our planet first and find the political will to deliver the common good for all.
My top two priorities for my district are: 1) delivering economic justice for working families, including by establishing paid sick and family leave, truly affordable housing, and a living wage for all; and 2) increasing funding for public education to fix Hawai'i's chronic teacher shortage and deliver the schools our keiki deserve. I am also committed to uplifting West Hawai'i's iconic agricultural industry, including by establishing coffee labeling requirements for the use of the Kona brand and ensuring that macadamia nut farm workers are given fair wages and working conditions, and launching a Green New Deal to accelerate the islands' fight against the looming threat of climate change, which is the biggest threat our generation faces.
Climate change is an existential threat to our shores. We need to establish a Green New Deal for Hawai'i that uplifts workers' prosperity and the well-being of our planet. If elected, I’m planning to introduce legislation that amends our state's clean energy transition plan by mandating the rapid expansion of green jobs that pay at least $17/hour, support the establishment of green fees for visitors to the islands to increase funding for Hawai'i's conservation programs, advocate for a comprehensive plan to begin a managed retreat from our coastlines, and sponsor a carbon tax in Hawai’i, which one study found could generate up to $365 million for environmental and sustainability programs in its first year of implementation for our state.
Age 73
Education Technical HS BSEE
Military/Community Service Drafted in 1966 and spent six years; two years active duty Active blood donor Previous was a Vice president of Ocean View Community Association Taxpayer residing in Hawaii
Campaign Phone (808) 929-8422
I am a registered voter in the State of Hawaii. I am seeking House seat (district five) without ANY help from anyone. I do not accept contributions nor donations. Because the only reason for people to give to a candidate is they are seeking something in return. I cannot, nor will I modify my position(s) because of a contribution. I am an overtaxed resident of Hawaii, and believe that ALL taxpayers need relief from over anxious legislatures. All elected officials just seem to tax everyone and spend without regard for anything. This is detrimental to all persons in Hawaii. In the past, if it wasn't for my candidacy, the other person would run unopposed. This is wrong in a democracy, and I always give voters a choice.
1. Lower the tax burden on all residents of Hawaii. I will actively strive for this at the state level by any and all means. Eliminate waste in state government. Lower the workforce in the state. The number of government employees is constantly increasing, year after year. When will those in the Legislature reduce the numbers? 2. Eliminate all the excessive pensions and other benefits of public employees over non-public workers. However, both of these ideas will have strong opposition by those in the other political parties. Isn't it wonderful that you, as a public worker, can have health benefits, as an example, for life, without the burden of personal contributions by you?
I, as an engineer do not have enough information about climate change to offer any solutions. All the information is provided by two factions- those who want things done and those that don't. When will unbiased scientific solutions (regardless of what it shows!) be forthcoming? I will not oppose any action, as long as it doesn't use non-compliant taxpayers funds. But as a third party (Libertarian) candidate it will be an uphill battle, when opposed by the other two parties.