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Hawaii State Senate District 2

Duties: The Hawaii State Senate is the upper chamber of the Hawaii State Legislature. The Hawaii State Senate is a part-time body.Areas Represented: Puna, Ka`uHow Elected: The senate consists of 25 members elected from an equal number of constituent districts across the islands. A Senator must be a Hawaii resident for not less than three years, is at least 18 years old, and is a qualified voter of the senatorial 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: Four 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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    Ron G. KA-IPO

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Age 74
Education Bachelor of Science Agriculture
Military/Community Service U.S. Air Force 1963/1967
Facebook http://Ron Kaipo
Campaign Email
Campaign Phone (808) 896-4195
Honesty and Integrity, is who I am. Born and raised in Hilo, class of 1963 Hilo High School. UH-HILO 1987/1991 B.S. Agriculture. An advocate for change in how Politics has been conducted the last six decades. People First. All my constituents living in Puna Mauka/Makai. I humbly ask for your support in the General Election as a candidate District 2 State Senator.
1. Increase first responders stationed in our district. Appropriate Funding for more manpower. 2. More cost effective transit system including revisiting the old sampan Buses which will create more job's (Independent Contractors.)
Open dialogue with U.S Pacific Command and request Pacific rim training should be conducted every 4 year's. Reduce the islands dependencies on oil by creating Legislation making it mandatory for all County, State, Federal agencies convert to photovoltaic rooftop panel's.
Education JD- Univ of Calif Hastings College of Law BSc- Univ of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Campaign Address PO Box 1675
Keaau, HI 96749
Campaign Phone (808) 935-6094
I want to see through what I started: Helping chronic homeless by ensuring that there are Behavioral Health beds so that the mentally ill do not need to commit a crime to be treated; continue with penal reform to ensure that those who are mentally ill are treated; and reform our Civil Asset Forfeiture law so that those whose assets are taken by the govt are those who have been convicted and not just those under suspicion. Of all candidates to this office, I believe I am the most qualified. In the wake of the Hibiscus drive shooting, I introduced a bill that would ensure that firearms are properly transferred upon death; and after the 2018 lava & covi19 crises, I ensured monies that Hawaii Island have monies to help with recovery.
1st goal: Help the Asset-Limited families whose ranks have grown during the COVID19 crisis by ensuring the safety net of SNAP/Medquest benefits will continue to be there; and to ensure early childhood education funding is still available. 2nd Goal is Ensure the existence of public mental health treatment beds so that the behaviorally challenged will be treated and not just patched up and left to fend for themselves. Buildings are already designated on Hawaii Island and on Oahu for these beds by the Dept of Health and funding have been set aside in the latest legislative session. I also introduced bills to ensure treatment of those who are insane but have committed petty crimes so they won't be left untreated in overcrowded jails.
The covid19 crisis has shown that decreased commuter use has decreased pollution; and thus, has shown that fossil fuel use can be abated on a day-to-day basis. With increased use of teleconference\telehealth and other work-at-home ability, fossil fuel use can be abated and thus, slow climate change. I have promoted broadband use since I have been in office and in fact, my latest townhall was on broadband and telehealth use. I have also advocated for an alternate fuel source: Since 2008, we have been using solar water heating and solar energy use on our personal home; and with older solar panels now being less efficient, I would advocate for incentivizing recycling of solar panels.