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Hawaii State House, District 37

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: Mililani, Waipio Gentry, WaikeleHow 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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  • Emil SVRCINA
    (Rep)

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    Ryan I. YAMANE
    (Dem)

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Phone (808) 586-6150
As the current State Representative for District #37, I have worked hard on behalf of the communities of Mililani, Waikele and Waipio Gentry. My background includes having a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Business Administration both from UH. Since being elected in 2004, I have been the Chairman of the Committee’s of Tourism and Culture, Health, Transportation and now the Committee of Water, Land and Hawaiian Affairs. My professional and educational background has provided me over 20 years of community leadership and advocacy. I am also a disaster volunteer and have helped families deal with the lose of loved ones, the lose of their homes or witnessing a traumatic event.
The top 2 priorities for the communities of Mililani, Waikele and Waipio Gentry are to quickly support a positive economy that provides high quality jobs while protecting our natural resources. This includes supporting cost saving private public partnerships and spurring innovation. Families in our District continue to be negatively impacted by issues that face our quality of life, specifically traffic congestion and reducing crime. Families impacted by this COVID19 pandemic need to have viable job opportunities, reduced financial burdens and access to quality sustainable options for housing and food. I will continue to focus on job growth and assisting our ohana in attaining housing, healthcare and fiscal support.
Women in government and in the private sector are underrepresented. We need to work with our hard working Wahine to provide them assistance with education grants, homeowners loans, reduced healthcare costs and leadership training options free of charge. I will continue to work with local and national leaders in supporting the placement of women in key roles in all levels of government. Last year I had the honor to supporting several women in their national recognition for work in the school setting, transportation sector and in university academic realm. It was an honor to support these deserving women and it highlighted that we need to provide women with a mechanism that supports their business, government and educational aspirations.
Transparency is one of the basic needed to ensure the public trust. This includes having ample time for the community to express their stance on bills and providing an easy way for the community to evaluate the benefits of governmental actions. This would include using technology to allow access of the public to all meetings and allowing the community to host their own "talk stories" in which leaders must participate and answer to the public.
Voting is a very valuable expression of your freedom to choose your elected leaders. Any mechanism that makes it easier and ensures the integrity of the election process I support. Encouraging our community to vote and making their voices heard is very important and the essence of democracy.
Developing Hawaii's sustainability is vital for our State's future, especially after this COVID19 pandemic. I would like to continue to develop an Office of Sustainability that can provide planning for all sectors of our economy to support mechanisms that reduce climate change and improve Hawaii's resilience. This planning office would assist with redesigning our infrastructures away from flood prone areas, build natural barriers that resist flooding and erosion, and determine markets that can help build Hawaii's export business.
This pandemic has affected families and communities World-wide. The Governor's shut down was designed to help isolate our exposure to this very dangerous and contagious virus. The stay-at-home order was put in place to help protect our most vulnerable family members, our kupuna and those with complex health conditions. This lockdown served it’s initially purpose of protecting our residents from exposure, now it is past due the time to systematically re-open our businesses. I would have developed a plan for re-opening with specific criteria early on in the response. This would have allowed adequate time for business, workers and our healthcare safety net ample time to plan for re-opening and make changes needed to adapt to a new normal.