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Hawaii State Senate District 5

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: Wailuku, Waihe`e, Kahulu How 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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    Rynette Ipo KEEN

Biographical Information

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What, if any, actions would you work towards in your first 100 days to address the threats facing Hawai`i due to climate change?

Education UH-Manoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work - expected graduation 05/2022 BSW GPA 4.0 UH-Maui, AA, Graduated 05/2019 GPA 4.0 Maryknoll High School, Graduated 1977
Military/Community Service n/a
Campaign Phone (808) 463-4882
I have decided to run because I feel that our government officials have lost their way. I was raised on Oahu and have seen the destruction of its beauty due to overpopulation and people becoming unhoused due to the skyrocketing cost of housing. I, myself, have struggled to be housed for the last eight years because of my limited income from SSDI. We need a change. We need people in office who think of the people before corporations. We need genuine living wages, support for our local business, housing, quality education on all levels in all areas, and laws that protect our citizens against corruption and not the other way around. Lastly, people, all people, need to be able to live with respect & dignity.
My top priority is to address the housing crisis in Hawaii through genuinely affordable housing for the majority of our workforce. I would also like to see the implementation of Lt. Governor Josh Green's plan for the unhoused in his proposal of Kauhale projects. Additionally, I would like to propose a rental cap that will not price out the majority of works, and that does not cater to people from abroad. My second priority is to introduce the return of the natural water flow that has been diverted for much too long. I plan to present a proposal that all new construction projects must provide evidence that there is sufficient water to support their project without diversion.
Part of the problem with climate change is all the destruction of natural habitats; as such, I plan to work toward the implementation of reforestation of native trees and plants. I would also like to implement a plan that, for every tree removed because of death or infestation, a new tree must be planted in its place.