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Hawaii State House, District 34

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: Pearl City, Waimalu, Pacific PalisadesHow 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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  • Keone F. SIMON
    (Rep)

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    Gregg TAKAYAMA
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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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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Phone (808) 382-3212
I'm a good listener who understands and effectively responds to the needs of my district and our State. To me, leadership means putting people first and fighting for those who need help. That’s why my top priority is to serve our community by improving our already-excellent Pearl City schools, increasing services to seniors, and making all neighborhoods safer.

I am especially proud of obtaining more than $50 million for Pearl City school improvements in the past eight years, including $10 million for Pearl City High School’s new athletic field and baseball/softball complex, and new classrooms for Momilani Elementary and Pearl City Highlands Elementary.
We need to ensure that individuals and families affected by our currently record-high unemployment are provided access to essentials such as housing assistance, food, and health services. We must adequately fund social service agencies, through both state and federal funding sources.

As co-chair of the Kupuna Caucus, I will continue to fight for services that enable our growing senior population to age in their homes and to assist family caregivers to take care of their loved ones. I authored the Kupuna Caregivers Law of 2017, making Hawaii the first state to provide respite services to allow working caregivers to remain in the workforce, and will seek funds to maintain this program.

I support equal representation of women in elected and appointed offices. I proudly support my spouse, Linda Chu Takayama, who serves as Chief of Staff to Governor Ige - one of the highest appointed positions in State government.
As a former news reporter, I appreciate the importance of open and accessible government records and meetings to help keep the public informed. In this time of restricted physical public access to government and legislative meetings, we need to improve the ability to participate in these gatherings remotely. That means supporting expanded broadband capabilities in government facilities and rural areas.
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We need to develop and implement an action plan to respond to sea level rising, which already is identified as our top disaster threat by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. The action plan should include sustainable strategies such as mapping alternative sites for key infrastructure, including roads, utilities and government facilities, threatened by sea level rising. Federal assistance, through FEMA, is available for such mitigation planning and implementation.
I support Governor Ige's efforts to contain COVID-19 through stay-at-home rules and quarantine requirements that resulted in Hawaii having the lowest infection rates in the nation. I believe the state's response to the unprecedented flood of unemployment insurance claims could have been more effective, by more rapidly deploying a large number of state workers to handle claims and calls.