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Hawaii Governor

Duties: The Governor’s authority is derived from Article V of the Constitution of the State of Hawai i. The Governor is the Chief Executive of the State of Hawai i and the highest state office in Hawai i. The Governor is responsible for enforcing laws passed by the Hawaii State Legislature and upholding the rulings of the state judiciary. The Governor is the commander-in-chief of the state’s armed forces and oversees all state departments. From a list of nominees submitted to the Governor by the Judicial Selection Commission, the Governor fills vacancies in the Supreme, Intermediate Appellate, and Circuit Courts.Qualifications: Must be a Hawai i resident for not less than 5 years immediately preceding the election, a registered voter of Hawai i, and at least 30 years of age.How Elected: In the primary election, Governor and Lieutenant Governor are each a separate contest. In the general election, Governor and Lieutenant Governor are voted for as a team by political party. Any nonpartisan candidates who would otherwise qualify as a candidate for Governor on the general election ballot, will not qualify unless there is a running mate in the form of a nonpartisan candidate for Lieutenant Governor, who has otherwise met the statutory requirements to appear on the general election ballot (Hawaii State Constitution, Article V, Sections 1 and 2).Term: Four years, limited to two consecutive terms.Base Salary (FY2022): $165,048

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    Duke AIONA
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    Gary CORDERY
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    George (Big Al) HAWAT
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    Keline KAHAU
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    Lynn Barry MARIANO
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    Paul MORGAN
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    Moses (Momo) PASKOWITZ
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    BJ PENN
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    Heidi Haunani TSUNEYOSHI
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    Walter WOODS
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Biographical Information

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Due to my experiences as a litigator, judge, Lt. Governor, father, grandfather, and keiki o ka `āina, I am uniquely qualified to serve the people of Hawaiʻi. My leadership style is objective, collaborative, inclusive, and grounded upon my experience as a state judge and mediator. I believe in the wisdom to listen, facilitate, and direct opposing views towards a common goal. In addition, my experience as a litigator has trained me to identify, recognize, and address the pros and cons of issues.
Bringing principled leadership to the Executive Branch through trust, respect, and balance. Establishing a vibrant and robust two party political system. Substantively, lowering the cost of living (inflation), increasing the availability of affordable housing, ensuring every child receives a quality education, and reducing crime.
My first official act would be to call on the legislature to immediately begin consideration and passage of legislation to reduce the cost of living for our Hawai’i residents. This is a problem that needs to be addressed now. The people of Hawai’i were already struggling before inflation made our state even more expensive. We need to cut our cost of living by cutting the fees, taxes, and regulations that impact the cost of food, housing, and transportation. One area that would have an immediate effect, especially on middle and low-income families is to eliminate the general excise tax on food.
My decision making process is collaborative, inclusive, fair and impartial, with the critical element being what is best for all the people of Hawaiʻi and not what the political consequences will be. There is no civility in our political systems, and we are losing our moral compass. The Spirit of Aloha has been diminished in an area where we need it most. Rebuilding trust and earning respect, will bring balance and our Spirit of Aloha back to state government.
Education High School, General Contractor Licensure
Military/Community Service Community outreach includes Christian gospel ministry work to inmates at OCCC and Christian gospel ministry on Oʻahu, Lanaʻi and the Big Island for several years. This ministry outreach includes leading youth groups and youth camps on the island of Oʻahu for several years as well. Other services include volunteering as soccer coach to many youth sports teams and serving on various non-profit boards of directors.
Campaign Phone 808-476-3890
Campaign Mailing Address 99-1191 Iwaena St
#D
Aiea, HI 96701
I am not a politician but a successful businessman. My construction company has built homes, churches, schools and other small business properties across Hawai'i. I am running for Governor because for far too long, Hawai'i has been bombarded by career politicians making decisions for us that have only lined their pockets and left us with high cost of living, escalating homeless numbers, lesser freedoms during the Covid-19 pandemic, and a shocking percentage of people leaving the state. We would help Hawai'i heal towards prosperity and greater freedom.
My top two goals are to end corruption & to restore prosperity to the people. With the goal of eliminating corruption, I would implement policy promoting transparency & accountability in all sectors. In addition, promote the right of the people to hold elections for the attorney general, sheriff, and ethics departments. The method for prosperity is to reduce the size of government, lower taxes, regulations & fees. Eliminate GET on food and medicine. Restore agriculture businesses. Exempt Hawai’i from the Jones Act. The goal is to lower the cost of living across the board & in all areas.
My first official act as Governor would be to remove all executive orders related to Covid-19 mandates. If no such orders are currently in place at the time, I would remove the physical and psychological barrier around the Hawaiʻi State Capitol Building. It is a shameful representation of the blockade our current government has erected. The wall comes down because I desire to bring true transparency and communication between elected officials and the people they serve.
My leadership style is to first seek wisdom from God, and then gather experts in any given area. This is where I believe righteousness in our land, as stated in our State Motto, will be placed at the forefront once again. We would reason together in seeking wisdom for practical and proven policies that will achieve the goal at hand. I would also utilize all options available to implement these reasoned plans.
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Education Golden Gate University (MBA); US Army Command and General Staff College (Masters equivalent); Chaminade University (BA in Psychology with Business minor); University of Hawaii at Manoa (ROTC commission in US Army); Farrington High School
Military/Community Service US Army Officer 1978 - 1995 / 2nd Vice Chair of the Ala Moana Kaka'ako neighborhood board #11; Former President, and current Vice President of Special Forces Association Chapter VIII; Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars post 8616 - Waikiki/Diamond Head (All State and All-American Post 2020-2021, 2021-2022); Vice President of Moana Pacific AOAO; Volunteer teaching Ukulele to Kupuna at Makua Ali'i Senior Center, and Kuakini Rehabilitation Center
Campaign Phone 808-807-5966
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 235059
Honolulu, HI 96823
I am a local boy who understands the unique culture of our islands. Growing up in Hawai’i, I embraced the rich diversity of the people here, and recognize the importance of community. Throughout my adult life, I sought to take on the toughest jobs, and find ways to bring the best out of peers and subordinates alike. I served honorably in the US Army and the Federal Government earning numerous awards throughout my career. I know what it means to serve, I know what it means to be accountable, and I know how to solve extremely complex issues alone or with a team of teams.
My top priorities are the economy and our infrastructure. I want to eliminate or reduce the General Excise tax for local businesses and provide incentives for companies willing to invest in our economy; to work with our legislators to revise the Jones Act to help save on shipping and import costs; to modernize our state services to limit redundancy and streamline processes; and to reinvest in agriculture, farming and fishing to protect our food security. We must stop state funding of the rail; bring back the Super Ferry to diversify interisland travel; and repair aging infrastructure.
I would establish a series of committees to assess every state government agency to identify wasteful spending and process inefficiencies. I would then request the committees develop multiple courses of action to streamline processes and eliminate wasteful spending and work with our legislators to implement these changes while maintaining transparency with the public to let them know what we find and any obstacles preventing changes.
Over the course of my 40-year career in the US Army and supporting the Federal Government, I’ve developed a leadership style that promotes taking input from key stakeholders including peers and subordinates, while thinking critically to make informed decisions. This style is effective because it allows me to see issues from others’ perspectives and provides me greater insight because I better understand all aspects before I make a final decision.
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Education Bachelors in Psychology, Masters in Counseling Psychology
Military/Community Service Wahiawa Lions Club
Campaign Email info@heidiforhawaii.com
Campaign Phone 808-630-9590
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 4176
Honolulu, HI 96812
I have spent my career serving in our communities and currently serve as Councilmember on the Honolulu City Council. I have provided counseling and support services in many settings including homeless and transitional shelters, in the Women’s Correctional Facility and in the Department of Education. Every experience helped me learn more about the struggles our people face and the resiliency of our people to survive. I will take all I have learned to serve the people as Governor where I can make decisions, take action and help our people to not only survive but thrive for generations to come.
My top two goals are to decrease the cost of living and the cost of doing business and improving the quality of life for residents by addressing many long standing issues such as affordable housing. I believe these goals will be accomplished through true fiscal responsibility in government and proper planning to address the needs of the people and not special interest groups. As Councilmember I have voted no to funding of the Honolulu Rail Project due its fiscal impacts now and for our future. Through wise spending we can decrease taxes while completing projects and providing needed services.
My first official act would be to compile all the financial information and create a budget that reflects true fiscal responsibility and proper management of hard earned tax payer dollars. I will identify areas of increased tax burden to residents and businesses due to inflation and increased fuel costs and make adjustments to the General Excise Tax and Fuel Tax to offset those increases. Starting with right sizing the budget is critical to decreasing the tax burden for resident and businesses especially in these times. It will also focus efforts to fund projects and services for the people.
As an elected official I recognize that my first duty is to the people. My style of decision-making has always been to first take into account what the people are saying and make sure their voices are heard through the process. I also research and educate myself on all sides of the issue. Many times there are differing views and opinions which are carefully considered when coming to the final decision. My style is effective in coming to a balanced and informed decision for the people and for future generations.
Campaign Phone 808-754-1089
Campaign Mailing Address 56-444 Pahelehala Loop
Kahuku, HI 96731
Help the people of Hawaii.
Stop the Rail/TMT
Helping the homeless. Make more homes.
Helping Every Body