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Hawaii US Representative, Dist 2

Duties: Representatives share responsibility with Senators for enactment of the nation s laws as provided for in the U.S. Constitution. They may also conduct investigations on issues of national importance. Laws that require payment of taxes are initiated in the House of Representatives. Representatives have the responsibility for determining whether a public official should be tried if accused of a crime.Areas Served: Kauai, Maui, and Hawai i Counties and northern and western OahuQualifications: Must be a U.S. citizen for at least 7 years; an inhabitant of Hawaii when elected; and at least 25 years of age.How Elected: The United States is divided into 435 Congressional districts that are reapportioned after each decennial census. All seats in the House of Representatives are up for election in every even-numbered year. Term: Two years, no term limit.Base Salary: $174,000; Speaker of the House - $223,500; Majority and Minority Leaders and President pro tempore of the Senate - $193,400

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Biographical Information

Please provide a brief Candidate Statement describing your qualifications and why you are running for this office.

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

Age 35
Education Kamehameha Schools; BA, Hawai’i Pacific University; MA, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
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Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 91
Kailua, HI 96734
I've dedicated my life to serving Hawaiʻi and our country. I'm the current State Representative for Kailua and Kāneʻohe Bay. Prior to serving in the State House, I served our country as a US Diplomat, and served tours in some of the world's most unstable areas. I'm running for Congress to bring back jobs and opportunity to Hawaiʻi. I'm committed to serving in Congress on behalf of Hawaiʻi for the long term, and will secure the federal funds needed to build industry here in Hawaiʻi, allowing our families to secure good paying jobs that will allow them to stay and thrive in our state.
Diversification of our economy and affordable housing are issues of social and economic security, and I’m committed to securing the federal support needed for these critical issues. In Congress, I'll work to bolster Hawaiʻi’s agricultural industry, and secure the funding needed to help make Hawaiʻi a leader in renewable energy and cyber security. These industries will create thousands of good paying jobs and help retain more of our local talent—ensuring our families have the opportunities here at home to afford a quality home and economically thrive.
Hawaiʻi has been feeling the effects of the climate crisis for years. As an island state, climate change threatens our vitality and way of life. Federal action is needed to help stem the impending effects of this crisis. As the only state in the country that can produce all forms of renewable energy, Hawaiʻi can serve as a model for the nation. I'll work secure the federal funds needed to spur investment in clean energy here at home, such as geothermal energy exploration and production, to help to facilitate our state's transition to a clean energy economy.
Age 32
Education B.S. Environmental Engineering (Stanford University), M.S. Environmental Policy (Stanford), MBA (Mills College)
Military/Community Service Past Board President of Environmental Nonprofit
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Campaign Phone 808-647-8287
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 1709
Lihue, HI 96766
I’ve realized, after many years working for and with the government fighting environmental pollution, that a lot of progress comes down to the personal character of our leaders. Elected officials must be willing to have unpopular opinions. At the same time, politicians should proactively seek out a diverse set of perspectives, be open-minded enough to evolve based on new information, and be willing to put the people above pride or power. This is a combination of qualities I can bring to the table. If elected, I would be the first person ever from Kaua’i to serve in Congress.
My top two goals are eliminating corruption and election reform. I will summon corrupt actors from all areas of government to be publicly grilled at committee hearings and charged with any applicable misconduct. I will propose legislation to end censorship and eliminate conflicts of interest, including banning members of Congress and their families from trading stocks. I will push election reforms including ranked choice voting, banning corporate campaign financing, lowering barriers for third parties and nonpartisan candidates, and implementing a robust election auditing system.
I would secure funding to preserve our natural resources such as the Trillion Tree planting initiative, rejuvenating our soil, and reducing the use of plastic (which is made of petroleum). I would implement a federal jobs guarantee for these initiatives. I would also pass incentives for decentralized forms of renewable energy such as rooftop solar and rooftop wind power, which are beneficial for emergency preparedness. I would push for ending bombing campaigns in countries including but not limited to Libya, Syria, and Somalia; the world’s #1 polluter is the U.S. military.
Age 24
Education Bachelor's in Politics, Philosophy, and Sociology from Pitzer College, a Claremont College
Military/Community Service Executive Director of United by Love, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit
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Campaign Phone (808)468-1583
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 8438
Honolulu, HI 96830
I am running for Congress in Hawai’i’s Second District because the people of our islands deserve clean water, universal healthcare, good union jobs, secure retirement, a green future, and an end to militarism.

Born in Honolulu, I grew up in Hawai’i and throughout the United States as the child of a US Navy Captain. I proudly attended public schools and then college on the GI Bill. I have dedicated my entire professional career to caring for the world’s most vulnerable people in their times of greatest need as a humanitarian aid worker and international development specialist.
My top two goals are enacting Medicare for All and ending the US Military environmental abuse of our islands.

The US must adopt a public health care system like every other country in the developed world through Medicare for All, which will require a national movement that I intend to spearhead.

The Red Hill crisis follows a pattern of the federal government abusing the people of Hawai’i. In Congress, I will ensure that Red Hill is shut down and that the military leases expiring in 2029 in Hawai’i are not renewed by publicly pressuring our federal delegation to support such policies.
While our campaign has immense climate policy proposals like investing $5.35 trillion over the next ten years into public transportation & renewable energy infrastructure and transitioning to a carbon-neutral economy by 2050, the most impactful climate legislation I will be able to help pass in my first 100 days is the bipartisan National Climate Adaptation and Resilience Strategy Act. This legislation would provide a streamlined federal government response to climate emergencies in coastal communities and fund climate mitigation efforts.
Age 70
Education Some College and Business Management School
Campaign Phone 8089657061
Campaign Mailing Address 13-1255 Malama Street
Pahoa, HI 96778
I have a lot of work experience. I have been President of a Construction Company and Owned many restaurants with as many as 100 employees. I have been a Community Organizer and President or Board member of many non-profits. I have the work ethic and skills necessary to put together a good staff and communicate with the public what needs to be done and will listen and solve problems and set policy for continued wellness and growth. I have a lot of ideas and they are on my website,
Housing is my top goal and there are changes to the current incentives that need to strengthen to get more low-income housing built. I also believe we need to codify Row vs. Wade in to law through legislation. We can do this if we get a super majority in the Senate. That is actually the most important thing I can do as a legislator is work to get Democrat elected.
I support the Green New Deal and will work to get it passed into law.
Age 46
Education BA in International Relations and minor in Japanese Studies, George Washington University
Military/Community Service Numerous community service activities including regular Meals on Wheels deliveries.
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Campaign Phone (808) 725-8398
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 792
Kaneohe, HI 96744
IAs a working mom, I’m running so all our children & families can see a future for themselves here in Hawaii. I’ve been a small business owner & nonprofit executive working on all the islands. I served in the State Senate for 12 years, chairing the Ways & Means, Education, Agriculture & Hawaiian Affairs committees. During the pandemic I worked with the State to track billions in federal relief funds, making sure it got spent. We need an advocate & a voice who understands the hopes & struggles of Hawaii families & that’s why I’m running for Congress.
Access to healthcare and mental health services is a serious problem facing our rural communities. We’ve got to support access to in-person & telehealth visits, increase support for our federally-qualified health centers, develop & support our healthcare workforce through such things as training & housing.

Job and workforce pipelines are vital to grow new industries and good paying jobs for our young adults. Providing universal access to free community college and programs for post-secondary workforce training will play a significant role in developing tomorrow’s workforce and economy.
Hawaii is on the frontlines of the global climate crisis. We passed aggressive laws, codifying the goals of the Paris Agreement to combat climate change & setting the nation’s first-ever 100% renewable portfolio standards by 2045. Now we need to maximize all possible federal funding & support, including the use of emergency powers, to be both a leader in climate resilience & deal with the immediate impacts we are seeing throughout our islands--drought, sea level rise & a disruption of food supply & ecosystems due to increases in invasive species.
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