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Hawaii State House, District 47

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: Waialua, Haleiwa, Pupukea, Kahuku, Laie, Hauula, Waiahole, Waikane, Sunset Beach, Punaluu, KaaawaHow 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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  • Sean QUINLAN

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    Boyd READY

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?

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I'm a 40-year resident of my district, led a small business to become a 160-emplooyee statewide success. I've led multiple volunteer service projects. I was instrumental, as leader of the statewide landscape council, in bringing about a Hawaii State Water Conservation plan. I lead history tours of our small town, serve on the Neighborhood Board, and as a trustee for the community association. I live in and love my community and am free now to serve in the legislature. Our rural district suffers from over-tourism, and poor State management its lands and highways. Our living and housing costs need to be reduced, and homelessness addressed. I bring experience, maturity, and business acumen to the task of representing our district.
1) To better represent our residents' interests by a) always attending or staff-represented at neighborhood board meetings; b) regular talk-story sessions open to all residents in the many different parts of our District; c) gathering support from active community members for key community-improvement projects and specific law changes to make rural Oahu life better. 2) To introduce legislation that gets at root causes of persistent poor-governance results in Hawaii: a) transparency & accountability - Sunshine law modify and apply to State Executive & Legislative branches; b) law to cut conflicts of interest in major State locked-in costs: workforce and post-government-service lobbying and influence activities.
I proudly serve closely with proven-effective women leaders. My State Party Chair, 1st ever to serve a second volunteer term leading a major Hawaii political party, has worked with me closely as both a fellow elected officer and as her appointed Platform chair. Former Governor Linda Lingle, the only Hawaii governor to win the vote of every district in the State, endorses me and materially supports my campaign, in part due to my and my wife's longstanding active support for her campaigns. And when our Party suddenly needed a new State Chair I was instrumental in personally recruiting former Congresswoman Pat Saiki who then effectively stepped in. Women can and do lead in Hawaii and my support is proven.
In addition to the previous 'top 2 goals,' see goal #2 transparency and accountability answer, I would add: A) amend law to require public disclosure for lobbying at the Executive branch; B) amend civil service law such that the upper echelon of every State agency (not just the appointees) is subject to a rolling (across different agencies) 5-year re-bid the job process so the layer under the appointees has to meet a performance criteria and can be considered for rotating out for a different choice. C) require roll call votes in the House and Senate upon final reading of a bill, and roll call votes for conference House-Senate committees. D) end 'yes, with reservations' votes and require at least 1 nay-voter on subsequent committees.
No. The reason 2/3 of us do not vote has little to do with how easy or hard it is to register. It has everything to do with the lack of competitive races for public office, the monetary interest employees have in the lawmakers who negotiate their terms of employment, and the consequent indifference to voting by so many who, rightly or wrongly, conclude it makes no difference. And tens of thousands of resident foreign nationals must get drivers' licenses and would likely not always understand they have a duty to 'opt out,' thus inadvertently joining the roll of registered voters and at risk of, subsequently, unwittingly perhaps, voting. No one cross checks for voter rolls and citizenship status other than the voters' declarations.
Every time I round the bend between Turtle Bay and the shrimp farms near Kahuku I see the coral head standing 150 feet above the highway. Anyone can see the land and ocean levels change. My certified arborist career and contacts throughout the landscape industry (larger industry than Hawaii agriculture) would allow me effectively to advocate for a program for major shoreline resiliency plantings of well-selected palms whose root systems hold the ground best and whose trunks stand better in hurricane-force winds. A Federal scenic-highway-corridor for our district could bring funding for such plantings and for road re-alignments where needed. I would support most other resiliency measures, too numerous to list, within our means.
#1 Use previous plans developed, for pandemic, by emergency management agencies: the past State director wrote in the Star Advertiser that the plans they had made were not used, & not on websites. This would have eliminated the worst aspects of our Governor and Mayor's response, namely, the stops/starts & dilatory decision-making. #2 Hindsight is 20/20 but consult common sense and VARIOUS epidemiologists and other nations' authorities. Virus transmission outdoors and via asymptomatic was wildly overestimated, and over-sensitive test protocols, and ignoring CDC definition of a 'case,' led to fear and bad decisions. #3 'Emergency' would apply to HGEA members' terms & conditions so DoL Unemployment & DoH contact-trace could get prompt help