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Hawaii State House, District 41

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: Ewa, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Ewa Villages, Hoakalei, Ocean PointeHow 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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  • David (Bradda) ALCOS

  • Matthew S. (Matt) LOPRESTI

  • Ryan Isamu UEHARA

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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Public service is a calling for me. Our community needs someone with a proven record of accomplishments. We need someone who can work well with leadership to bring home the resources needed, but who also isn't afraid to be a strong voice for the people of Hawaii and what matters most to them. People all over my district, from all backgrounds and political persuasions have asked me to represent them again for these very reasons. They know that I understand the issues and that I am an effective fighter for our community. I feel that it is my duty to step up and give of myself to my community and that I am the best person for the job. I am deeply humbled to know that I have the faith and confidence of so many wonderful people. Thank you.
(1) Supporting our keiki & our public schools. Despite our great success in getting air conditioning in ‘Ewa schools and new buildings to deal with overcrowding, our schools are still over capacity, rundown, & we’ve needed a second high school for decades. Physical buildings need major renovations, the athletics complex needs to be redone, our teachers need pay increases, & our Title IX obligations to our girls requires serious & immediate attention.

(2) Traffic mitigation is also paramount. Completing rail, PM contraflow lanes on Fort Weaver Road, staggered work times, telecommuting, & moving state & county office jobs to the long designated, but never built office buildings in Kapolei would help.

(3) Kupuna Care. (4) Cost of living.
Greater gender parity is needed in our state legislature & department heads. As an ally I am a vocal and strong supporter of the legislative Women's Caucus and regularly co-sponsor Women's Caucus bills, five of which have been signed into law. If elected again, I will continue to support these caucus bills.

Some of the laws I have co-sponsored pertain to protections for those who report domestic abuse, prevention of sex trafficking, outlawing revenge porn, requiring the swift testing of sexual assault evidence, creating a Hawaii Sexual Assault Response and Training Program to address the manner in which sexual assault evidence collection kits are processed and tracked, & requiring insurance companies to cover women's reproductive health.
It is through transparency that we attain accountability in government. That is why, in just two terms in office I introduced, co-sponsored, or worked on committees to pass over seventy-face (75) ethics and good government bills to increase government transparency and accountability.

Also, I do not agree with the Governor’s suspension of open government laws during the pandemic and see no justification for his having done so. We should remove barriers, not impose them.
Yes, absolutely. Democracy works best when everyone participates. I have supported these sorts of measures while in office.

If I may use this space to talk briefly about homelessness... In my last term in office one my bills became law which reduced barriers that homeless face to receive social services, making it easier for them to get proper ID's to navigate what is often far too heavy a bureaucracy just get help when living on the streets. Some immediate and compassionate steps could also help right away. If elected I will encouraged the use of empty hotels to temporarily assist those living on the streets. It seems inexcusible to me that this is not already being done.
Protecting the environment is a driving personal and public concern for me. My service on our local Sierra Club’s Executive Board helped inspire me to run for the state legislature when I first ran, and I have once again received their endorsement for this election.

High-density housing is increasing in areas we know for a fact will be underwater in just a few decades. It would be madness to not begin having the necessary, but uncomfortable conversations about which areas, if any, we are going to try to save by hardening shorelines or building seawalls, and which areas we will allow to naturally erode. Climate change is already here, and we need to codify the foundations for managed retreat now.
The state has not adequately responded to the crisis. Even when things went well the communication was confusing & conflicted with messaging from the counties. We have two main reasons for our low infection numbers: (1) the personal sacrifices of everyday people who complied with stay at home orders (thank you!) & (2) our geographic isolation.

We cannot remain closed forever, but we can control how we reopen. Like New Zealand, our geographic isolation should be used to our advantage. We must test anyone before they step foot on an airplane followed by a rigorous track and trace program. I would have implemented such a policy early on. It is unacceptable that we do not yet have this in place. We cannot plan much less govern with poor data.
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