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Hawaii State House, District 22

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: Waikiki, Ala MoanaHow 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; Senate President - $70,104

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    Nicholas R. OCHS
    (Rep)

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    Adrian TAM
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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

What are your top two goals and how will you achieve them if elected?

What do you think about the state of women in Hawaii's elected and appointed public offices? What have you done to support women in government? What will you do?

How would you address concerns about a lack of transparency at all levels of government?

Do you support automatically registering people to vote when they apply for a driver’s license or state identification card, provided they can voluntarily opt out of registering. (Senate Bill 2005 passed the senate and is currently in the Hawaii House Judiciary.)

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

Do you believe the response to the COVID-19 crisis could have been improved, and if so, how?

Hawaii is the only state with a conservative culture but without conservative representation. Politics are not supposed to work on the premise of one party rule, but here we are in Hawaii. Democrats have had 50 years to pass whatever laws they want, and they have. I can't find anyone happy with the results.

When I left active duty in the Marine Corps, I found out how hard it is to make a life for one's self in Hawaii. Its a travesty that people have to leave the islands to have a chance at what Americans used to expect to achieve: owning a home and a better life for their children.

I just welcomed my first child into the world. He should have the same shot at success growing up in Hawaii as he would in middle America.
People should be able to live well on a 9-5 job. That's becoming harder across America, but here in Hawaii we can speak out against the Jones Act that pushes up the cost of shipping so high, introduce competition back into party politics, and cut the massive spending that drives up our terrible tax burden.

Also economic recovery!

Hawaii's economy is based in tourism. Nothing else comes close in dollar value and anyone saying they have a replacement for it is lying. Hawaii will have to compete with other destinations - especially ones physically closer to vacationers as they look at post COVID-19 travel. There's huge opportunity here. I won't waste it pandering to the small anti-American/anti-tourist crowd that many leftists here indulge.
Seems to be going well to me. From Linda Lingle and Pat Saiki to Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa, Hawaii has done disproportionately well putting big names into the mainstream when it comes to female politicians. I'm sure there will be many more.

I have personally done nothing to get women elected on the basis of being women, as I only care about the political positions candidates advocate for and not what gender they belong to. I realize this isn't the answer a women's advocacy group is looking for but I haven't had to lie about my beliefs so far in my young political career and today won't be that day.

But since you asked, I will give a shout out to some Republican women running in Hawaii! Vote for Ana Mo Des and Lori Ford!
Lets keep this simple: the reason nothing can get audited, you have to have a friend in some government department to get something done, and big business gets exactly what it wants in Hawaii is because the power only leans in one direction. And it leans HEAVY.

I'm not saying there wouldn't be corruption, or as you so politely put it, "lack of transparency" if we only elected Republicans. That used to be the case and Hawaii had many of the same problems.

We need at least two viable points of view to be represented in government. As long as we are missing political competition, where's the incentive to hold government accountable in our state?
No. Its a civic responsibility to vote - and its a voters responsibility to register and be informed.

I help register people to vote all the time. It can be done online or on paper. Its not hard, not should it be but we don't need to make it automatic.

Registering everyone won't cure apathy, and it definitely won't make apathetic voters study up on candidates. I'd rather voters know about who they are voting for than just pumping up the numbers of voters, but there I go with my politically incorrect answers again.
The western world is bending over backward to fight climate change. Its fashionable if not mandatory for anyone in politics in America to demand some further regulation to something, lest we all watch Waikiki sink into the sea in a few years.

That's all fine and good, but meanwhile China and other developing countries look at us and laugh while they dump 95% of the world's plastic into the ocean.

So I'll let everyone else mandate you buy a new solar panel. I will work to make Hawaii and America more self sufficient and less dependent on China because that means more to us and to the environment than any empty gesture or picture of a sea turtle with a straw in its face (a straw that definitely did not come from American trash!).
Yes. We shut down businesses and killed countless family's dreams and life's work. If this was a realistic way to stop a deadly disease, I would have supported it. It wasn't.

The hard facts are that COVID-19 is not particularly dangerous to people without health conditions or advanced age, and that shutting down businesses just funneled people into the same few large stores to do their weekly shopping.

We needed less personal restrictions with MORE precautions in certain areas - nursing homes to be precise. In several states, nursing homes were actually forced to take COVID patients. Insanity. My grandfather died of an outbreak in his facility.

But I couldn't attend the funeral. Limit 10. Still had to go to Wal*Mart for the groceries.
Adrian Tam was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a proud graduate of Kalani High School and Penn State University. Upon his graduation, Adrian worked for his family small business, Central Pacific Properties Inc. as a licensed Realtor. He was offered a temporary position at the Hawaii State Legislature in 2016. In 2017, he was made permanent working under Senator Stanley Chang. Adrian still maintains his license to practice real estate, but has since resigned from the Legislature to focus on his run for office. Two
This pandemic has highlighted many flaws that are in our system. One goal I wish to achieve is to update our unemployment system from a forty year system to a modern one. We can achieve this by setting aside general funds to ensure that the system can be updated. The second goal would be to solve our budget shortfall. I believe that we can solve this without relying on heavy taxation by passing bills that would establish a visitor's fee and by taxing real estate investment trusts (REITs).
More women should run for office. This allows for more perspectives when it comes to important decision making. In the past, I have worked on the campaigns of many women seeking public office. This includes Beth Fukumoto and Sharon Moriwaki. If elected, I look forward to working with organizations like League of Women Voters to bring more representative into our government.
Trust in government is very low at the moment. I disagreed with attempts to erode away public accountability such as the suspension of open government laws during the pandemic. If elected, I will speak out against efforts to undermine our open government laws and advocate for more transparency especially in times of crisis.
Yes, I support an automatic voter registration law. I believe that this will bring more people into the politics and give them a voice in the decision making process.
Climate change is a major concern of mine and the district I seek to represent. I will support legislation that will look into investments into green technology that will help us meet our clean energy goals. Investing in green tech will help us create jobs and mitigate the harmful effects of climate change.
Yes. The response has eroded a lot of trust people have in government. With infighting between the Governor and the Lt. Governor to fights between the department directors and the Legislature. Most people are tired of seeing this, and only want their unemployment insurance or services.

My campaign is about putting people over politics, and if elected, I promise to hold true to that and work with everyone to get things done for the community and the state.