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Hawaii State House, District 40

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, Iroquois PointHow 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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  • Rose MARTINEZ
    (Dem)

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    Bob MCDERMOTT
    (Rep)

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 have lived in the District since 2003. I have served 7 terms in the State Legislature and have proved extraordinarily effective for a member of the minority party. I was able to get Pono Choice pulled from the DOE and have the medical inaccuracies corrected. I fought for Campbell HS for much needed funding to accommodate the 3500 students we now have; we secured a new class room building at 40 million dollars. While others sat silent, I made Campbell HS a state wide issue of concern due to my tenacity and never say die attitude. I have a BA and MBA from Chaminade. I served 8 years in the Marine Corps, 4 enlisted and 4 as an Officer of Marines during the first gulf war, Desert Storm. I have been married for 35 years to a local girl.
Continue my record of achievement on behalf of our area students and secure funding for the modernization of their facilities, to include an athletic complex and renovations to Ilima Intermediate school.

Traffic safety, flow, and mitigation are constantly an issue in ever growing Ewa Beach.
I believe in equal opportunity for all people - ir-regarless of gender.
I believe sunlight is the best disinfectant for challenges and produces good government.
No.
I think re-opening the visitor industry safely is a much more important issue at this time. That would be my focus.
Yes, I have outlined it in the report I wrote for the House Select Committee on Covid -19. Making Hawaii Safe for Travel. As it stands of this writing, we are way behind in our planning and operational set up. While the Governor is accountable and responsible, we do not have a singular point of command.