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Hawaii State House, District 33

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.Area Represented: AieaHow 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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    Jennifer (Jenny) BOYETTE

  • Sam Satoru KONG

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?

Mailing Address PO Box 518
Aiea, HI 96701
Phone (808) 492-8800
Email Address
Born and raised in Hawaii, I’ve watched many loved ones leave our island home. High taxes, high cost of living and soul-crushing small business regulation has chased them away. I’m invested in finding a solution where kama’aina can thrive. My main responsibility is to represent the people in my district of Aiea. I’m their voice at the State Legislature.

Over the course of 4 decades, I have worked in various sectors of our economy; media, healthcare, financial, legal and service industries. My why, is to put words into action. For many years Democrat candidates have promised the moon and the stars, but our state seems to get worse and worse.

I am not beholden to special interests and I am not afraid to speak up and do what is right.
In consultation with the community, our top two goals are recovery and transparency.

1.Recovery. First address the financial dire straights many of our neighbors are in by eliminating the GET on food and medicine, providing immediate relief. Another recovery goal is enabling small businesses to thrive. We achieve this by providing small businesses with tax incentives to do business in Hawaii and allow for businesses to write off and receive a rebate for what they spend on getting “COVID ready”.

2. Transparency. My team would work on immediately restoring open government laws, which were suspended by Governor Ige in March. Hawai’i’s government should ever be operating in the dark. This leads to corruption. Below I go into more detail.
I believe in equal opportunity for all people, regardless of race, religion and gender. Setting a quota is never a good idea. People should be elected and appointed based on their talent and merit.
Many folks in government forget, they work for the people. Government operating in the dark is anathema to what our country and state are founded upon. Sunshine Laws are there for a reason, the electorate should always be aware of what the government is doing, in their name. Meeting minutes, expenditure reports, audits and other public records should be made readily available online. Email notices should go out routinely to all voters updating them and providing information on how to access public records. An engaged public creates and sustains a better government.
I support registering qualified citizens to vote. However, I do not support blindly, and automatically registering someone to vote when they apply for a driver’s license and/or a state identification card. There are so many ways to easily register to vote — online, in-person and via mail. Being able to vote is a sacred right, and duty, which people should specifically sign up to do.
To be honest, my first 100 days will be fraught with helping Hawaii recover from the shutdown.

Long term, we should re-examine how we care for our island home and how we protect our resources. Many kama’aina are already ecologically conservative. We live on an island where resources are scarce. Growing up in Hawaii, we learn there is always a season to fish, farm and hunt. This allows our natural resources to replenish and thrive. What ever legislation that is proposed to conserve our natural resources will have to be examined to make sure it’s a right fit for Hawaii and that it makes sense. The last thing we need are malihini social justice lobbyists from the mainland telling us kama’aina what to do with our island home.
Gov. Ige and Mayor Caldwell could have responded better. They were slow to shut down, and now painfully slow in opening back up for business. Many small businesses within my community, and our state, closed their doors for good.

Hawaii is a tourist hub, with many travelers passing through our islands. Our state should have had a robust disaster preparedness plan. The state’s previously drafted plan did not account for the scope of what we’re facing and after six months of being shut down they have a weak, milquetoast, drawn out plan, which only causes more hardship and heartache to small businesses and kama’aina.

I understand it’s easy to arm-chair quarterback, however, it seems our Democrat state leaders have supremely failed kama’aina.
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