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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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    Gil Coloma S. KEITH-AGARAN

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Age 58
Military/Community Service Friends of Maui Waena Intermediate School Maui High School SCC (former) Maui High School Foundation (former) Maui Food Bank (former) Maui Coastal Land Trust (former) Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation (former) various other board positions in civic, service and non-profit organizations on Maui
Campaign Address PO BOX 857
Campaign Phone (808) 242-4049
Twitter @GIL4SD5
I’ve represented Central Maui since 2009 (House 2009-12; Senate 2013-present). I apply simple values--hard work, education, and fair treatment—learned growing up on Maui. Community means serving others and maintaining connections: being involved in our schools and churches, kids’ sports, the county fair. Basically, “You look out for others because they look out for you.” Those values, along with my experience and knowledge as a practicing attorney and a State and County administrator, remain foundational in my public service. My family, like other immigrants, shared a simple dream of a better life, perhaps not for themselves, but certainly for their children and grandchildren. We’ve made Maui home and are committed to its future.
Improving our quality of life and providing fair economic opportunities are key to keeping Maui No Ka Oi. Whether we were born on Maui, or moved here, or moved back after seeing America, we all have more choices and opportunities today — thanks to the courage, dedication and sacrifice of prior generations. We now must take on the same responsibility and applying the same kind of work ethic and courage, and move forward together in continually making Maui a better place to live, work, play, and raise our families. We owe it to our parents and our children to maintain a strong sense of community, and to be strong advocates for the needs of everyone living in Maui Nui with honesty and integrity, and working well with others in the legislature.
We should build on the UN sustainable development goals adopted by Hawaii. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic has starkly illustrated, as island communities, we need to focus on achieving local resilience in healthcare and food and shelter and our economy. We need to provide resources to build community, starting with valuing our children and neighbors’ children, taking interest in our schools, and getting to know the other families in our neighborhoods. Hopefully, we’ll look out for them because they look out for us. Improving public education, supporting broader and diverse employment opportunities, quality health care and providing adequate housing remain continuing challenges for Maui, but we need to invest resources into those areas.